Mara is the Executive Director of the PeaceWorks Foundation and the OneVoice Movement. She first joined the Movement as its International Organizing Director, based in the Middle East. In that position she focused on professionalizing and expanding the grassroots work it supports, incorporating best practices and focusing on training and empowering local staff.
She previously served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration and as U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s Deputy Chief of Staff & Communications Director. A campaign veteran, Mara was the New Hampshire Deputy Coordinated Campaign Director in 2008; as the Nevada Caucus Director, New Mexico State Director, and Indiana Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Director for Hillary Clinton in 2007-08; and has experience from several other state and local races. Mara majored in politics and history at the University of California, San Diego and earned her Master's degree in political science from the University of London, graduating with distinction.
She is also an Associate Professor at the George Washington University where she teaches courses on global politics and campaign management. After stints living in the UK, Jordan, Israel and China, Mara is now based in New York.