MaryRose Mazzola is a public policy professional with a decade of legislative, legal, and political experience on the city, state, and federal levels. She is passionate about closing all gender equity gaps, with a particular focus on legal remedies for employment and pay discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She received her Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in 2015 and is currently a 3L at Northeastern University School of Law. MaryRose has conducted extensive research on domestic violence, and her policy recommendations have appeared in a U.S. Department of Justice report on domestic violence interventions and in the Scottish Government’s national strategy to tackle violence against women. She has guest lectured on sexual assault and Title IX at Harvard Law School and Northeastern University School of Law.
MaryRose most recently served as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Senator Barry Finegold. In this role, she created and executed the office goals, advised the Senator on legislation and the state budget, and ran communications and press relations. Prior to that, MaryRose was Senator Finegold's Chief Strategist and Campaign Manager for his successful Senate campaign for the 2nd Essex & Middlesex district. Senator Finegold won with 63% of the vote in a competitive race. MaryRose created and executed campaign strategy, including core messaging, field strategy, advertising, and press relations. She was also in charge of campaign fundraising, raising a record-setting $500,000 from April through October 2018.
Prior to joining the campaign, MaryRose spent two and a half years as the Executive Director of the Boston Women's Workforce Council, a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Boston University, and more than 250 companies in greater Boston dedicated to closing the gender pay gap. As ED, MaryRose managed employer recruitment to the Boston 100% Talent Compact, more than quadrupling the number of partner companies during her tenure. She also oversaw the wage data collection and statistical analysis of more than 200,000 employees, making Boston the first city in the nation to use real data to analyze the pay gap by race, gender, and professional category. MaryRose built her gender research skills as an analyst and writer for the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), identifying interventions effective at closing gender gaps in economics, education, health, and political participation for WAPPP's Gender Action Portal.
MaryRose graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015, where she earned her Master in Public Policy with a focus on tackling gender-based violence. While at Harvard, she conducted domestic violence research for the Boston Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement, the Massachusetts Probation Commissioner, and the City of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Public Protection Partnership. MaryRose also served as co-coordinator of the Harvard graduate school-wide coalition Harvard Students Demand Respect, which sought to end gender-based violence and discrimination on campus. Under MaryRose’s leadership, the organization successfully advocated for improvements to the university's sexual harassment and assault policies and received national press coverage. She was awarded the Kennedy School’s 2015 Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Women's Advancement in recognition of these efforts. MaryRose also served as a leader of the Graduate Student Labor Action Movement at Harvard, helping unionize more than 100 workers at the Harvard-owned Doubletree Hotel over the course of a two-year campaign.
A native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, MaryRose graduated summa cum laude from the Merrimack College Honors Program in 2012 with dual degrees in Political Science and French. While at Merrimack, she volunteered at shelters for people experiencing domestic violence and homelessness and advocated for sexual assault survivors. She was also a press intern in then-Senator John Kerry’s Capitol Hill office, a policy assistant at the National Foundation for Women Legislators, and a legislative intern at the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.
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