Mary serves as Deputy Director at PolicyLink, a national advocacy organization working to advance racial equity and social justice. Mary helps guide PolicyLink efforts related to health and community development, providing research, strategic planning, technical assistance and training to public and private agencies collaborating to build healthy communities. She has co-authored reports and journal articles on health equity, access to healthy food, the built environment, and the impact of place and race on health.
A practicing attorney for over 25 years, Mary has experience using civil rights, land use and economic development strategies to revitalize neighborhoods and enhance public participation in the policy arena. She has focused on the legal rights of low-income people, utilizing her expertise in affordable housing, job creation and redevelopment law. Further, she has been an adjunct professor of law and has developed and taught courses at the undergraduate and community college level on community development and civil rights.
Mary has served as a Transportation Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles and is currently a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and a board member of the Community Coalition. She was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force, and was also named by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Commission for Women as one of the “Women of the Year” for 2016.
She is a native of Los Angeles, and holds a BA in Political Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law, U. C. Berkeley.
Fun Fact: I love to listen to music, and when I get the chance, to read fiction particularly by Black female authors.