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 region. She helped raise millions of dollars for walking and biking in low income neighborhoods; had a leading role in scuttling the multi-billion dollar Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-project; and was responsible for the release of the Regional Equity Atlas 2.0, a major research and education project to support equitable planning.
She previously served as the legislative aide to then-Oregon Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown (now goveronor 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 makes gratifying if unsuccessful efforts to tame her garden, is an excellent putterer, and spends as much time as possible with her preschool-age daughter. She commutes by bike and loves exploring Oregon’s beauty and Portland’s amazing neighborhoods.