MaryRose Mazzola is a public policy and political professional with a decade of legislative, campaign, community organizing, and research experience on the city, state, and federal levels. She is passionate about closing all gender equity gaps, with a particular focus on helping survivors find legal remedies for domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as finding public health and policy strategies to prevent gender-based violence. 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 currently serves as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Senator Barry Finegold. In this role, she creates and executes the office goals, manages the Senator's long-term legislative priorities, advises the Senator on legislation and the state budget, serves as liaison with local, state, and federal officials, runs communications and press relations, and manages a staff of four and the office interns. MaryRose was most recently 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 (a 15,000-vote margin) in a competitive race. MaryRose created and executed campaign strategy, including core messaging, field strategy, television, radio, newspaper and digital advertising, the direct mail program, and press relations. She was also in charge of campaign fundraising, raising a record-setting $500,000 from April through October 2018. In addition, she managed Senator Finegold's successful primary race, winning with 47% of the vote against two opponents.
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, statistical analysis, and report writing, and she coordinated the Council’s annual Best Practices Conference and quarterly Membership Briefings. Before that, MaryRose worked as a research 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. She concurrently served as Communications and Field Director to Boston City Council President Michelle Wu’s successful reelection campaign in fall 2015.
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 seeks 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.
MaryRose also worked for Senator Finegold prior to Harvard, serving as Campaign Manager for his successful 2012 reelection bid, where he secured a 30-point win over a well-funded opponent. She went on to serve as a Legislative and Press Aide in his State House office. 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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