MaryRose Mazzola is an attorney and policy professional with over a decade of legislative, legal, and research experience. She is the inaugural Director of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts' ASPIRE Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health. The Center is the first of its kind in the nation and brings together Planned Parenthood’s nationally recognized research, clinical training, and professional education programs.
In addition to her role at Planned Parenthood, MaryRose serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she teaches Reproductive Rights, Politics and Policy and Speechwriting. She was previously an Adjunct Professor in the Merrimack College Women's and Gender Studies Department and has also guest lectured at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, Northeastern University School of Law, Tufts University, Suffolk University, and UMass Boston. MaryRose is also the Executive Director of the 617 Rocks Foundation, a nonprofit organization that hosts an annual music festival with proceeds going to mental health awareness and cancer research and treatment.
MaryRose spent the first decade of her career in state and local politics and government, most recently as Senior Advisor to Mayor Michelle Wu’s campaign, Chief of Staff to State Senator Barry Finegold, and as Senator Finegold’s Chief Strategist and Campaign Manager. From 2016-2018, she was the Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, the City of Boston’s public-private initiative dedicated to closing gender and racial wage gaps. As ED, MaryRose quadrupled the number of partner companies and oversaw the data collection and analysis of more than 200,000 employees’ salaries, making Boston the first city in the nation to use real compensation data to analyze the gender pay gap.
MaryRose received a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the Merrimack College Honors Program.