Mara has worked for twenty years in organizational strategy and advocacy. She builds strong, authentic relationships to help mission-driven organizations advance programs and policy for social and environmental justice.

Mara’s nonprofit experience includes organizational management, program development and strategy, state and local policy, communications. She quickly assesses organizational strengths and needs, works thoughtfully with staff and board, and supports collaborative decision-making.

Some notable roles include executive director at theCoalition for a Livable Future, where she was responsible for the release of the groundbreaking Regional Equity Atlas 2.0, and interim director roles at theCoalition of Community Health Clinics and YouthProgress. Mara has also served on multiple boards and committees, and is the chair of Multnomah County’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation.

Mara is a graduate of Wellesley College and UCBerkeley School of Law. She served as law clerk at the US territorial court in American Samoa before embarking on a career with roles in law, community development, public policy, and non profit management.

Mara Gross