Molly Kapstein Cote, Esq.


Molly Kapstein Cote is the chief policy officer for the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner. Her duties include creating, evaluating, modernizing, and maintaining policies for public higher education. She provides guidance and advice for public policy officials and colleagues in higher education. Her legal career spans public, private and academic assignments. Most recently she managed the Elder Abuse Unit of the R.I. Office of the Attorney General where, in addition to prosecuting crimes, she was an advocate for policies and legal protections for the state’s elderly population. She was a member of the Senate Task Force to Study Elderly Abuse & Financial Exploitation. Her legal experience also includes stints in private practice; teaching law to students at Roger Williams University School of Law and Salve Regina University; and serving as a bail commissioner for Rhode Island District Court. She is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Molly earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

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