Mary begun her career working with asylum seeker children in community detention, and then with children and families in out of home care programs across the ACT, with a strong focus on cultural safety and trauma informed care.
Mary was involved in the redevelopment of Mental Illness Education ACT’s program to reduce instances of eating disorders in young women. Mary was also involved in the establishment of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra, which is a research and advocacy centre with a focus on achieving equal representation of women in leadership and key decision-making roles in all levels of government and public institutions around Australia.
With a background in direct service delivery, Mary was drawn to policy and advocacy as a way of addressing the systemic challenges commonly faced by services in the not-for-profit space. Mary is an alumni of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, where she completed a degree in Public Policy, specialising in economic policy.
Mary has been working with the Remote Accord since late 2019.