Mara is an attorney and policy advocate with wide ranging experience on social and environmental policies. As a member of the communications team, she works on messaging and media outreach to build momentum for ambitious climate leadership in Oregon.
For eight years, Mara was the Policy Director and then Executive Director at the Coalition for a Livable Future, a nonprofit focused on equitable planning in the Portland metro region. She previously served as the legislative aide to then-Oregon Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown (now governor of Oregon). Mara also worked on several electoral campaigns in Oregon and California, provided legal aid on employment and housing issues, and practiced law in the private sector. She has a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from Wellesley College.
Outside of work, Mara travels around town mostly by bike and explores Oregon’s beauty and Portland’s amazing neighborhoods with her partner and young daughter, who wants everyone to stop driving "smoke cars."