Richardson Public Service Fellow/Parole Reform
A native of Boston, Mass., Mara joined OJPC in July 2019 as a Richardson Public Service Fellow. She works primarily with attorney Tiffanny Smith on parole reform through advocacy, legislation, and litigation in addition to assisting with legal research and organizing community outreach materials and events. Mara is committed to fighting for a just and equitable society, with laws and systems that uphold the inherent dignity of all people.
Mara graduated from Harvard University in May 2019 with a joint bachelor’s degree in Social Studies and African American Studies. Her senior honors thesis explored the political debates surrounding the passage and repeal of the North Carolina Racial Justice Act, a law that allowed death row defendants to use statewide statistical evidence of racial disparities in capital punishment to prove racial discrimination and appeal their sentences. Previously, Mara worked as a Liman Public Interest Law Summer Fellow at ArchCity Defenders in St. Louis, MO, where she conducted research on the private probation system, and assisted attorneys with cases and political advocacy related to the rights of incarcerated individuals. Throughout college, she also served as the director of the Cambridge After School Program.
In her free time Mara loves to run, read, listen to podcasts, eat chocolate, play the oboe, and dog-sit.