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Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Mary Ellen O’Connor was named Vice President of Diversity and Equality at Vice in June 2018.
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We are honored to welcome Mary Ellen to Vice News.
Mary Ellen has worked as a reporter, writer, producer, and public speaker for nearly 20 years.
She currently serves as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Vice Media, and Vice’s Executive Vice President in Diversity and Equity.
In addition to her work for Vice, she has worked at The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post.
Mary Elizabeth O’Connell served as Vice Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of California at Berkeley for two years beginning in 2013.
During her tenure, the university launched the first Women’s Center of the College of the Arts.
In 2018, Mary Elizabeth was named a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Women in Journalism Award by the Media Education Foundation.
She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Accuracy.
Mary Eileen Dolan served as President and CEO of the University and a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the UC Santa Barbara.
She was also the founding president of the Center for Women in Education and the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.
In 2015, she became the first woman to lead the California State Board of Education, serving as the state’s first female commissioner.
Mary Lillie Cates served as a Senior Vice President at the White House Office of Management and Budget and has held that position since July 2019.
Prior to joining the White Houses Office of Science and Technology Policy in July 2019, she served as director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the Department the National Science Foundation.
Before joining the Obama administration, she was the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Mary Lynn White was a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, and a senior advisor to President Donald Trump, and previously served as Senior Advisor for Energy and Environment to President George W. Bush.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Science degree from Harvard University.
Mary Louise Cogan was an Assistant to the President for Children’s Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2011 to 2017.
In her time as an aide to President Trump, she played a key role in ensuring the success of the president’s first-term agenda, including the President’s signature health care reform initiative.
Prior the 2017 election, she worked as an assistant in the office of the President of the United States and on the President Elect’s campaign for President.
She also served as Deputy Assistant to Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health Policy and Communications for the Department.
Mary Katherine McElroy served as Executive Director for the National Commission on Presidential Debates from 2003 to 2005.
Prior, she spent two years at the Office for Congressional Ethics as Counsel for the Congressional Ethics Task Force.
She joined the Whitehouse.gov team in 2013 as an intern.
Mary Catherine Smith is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Prior she spent a year at the Congressional Budget Office, working on budget projections and legislative analyses.
In 2011, she joined the Office to Protect Patient Rights, a research project at the Brookings Institution, to develop a comprehensive analysis of health care policy.
Mary Anne McPherson served as Assistant to President Joe Biden from 2009 to 2014.
She served as Director of Legislative Affairs and a Deputy to Vice Pres.
Biden from 2013 to 2015.
She held a variety of policy and campaign roles, including a Senior Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director of Operations for the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.
Prior her time in Congress, she clerked for Associate Justice John Paul Stevens and Chief Justice of the U and served as Legal Counsel to U. S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Richard Blumenthal.
Mary Ann Smith is the founding director of National Advocates for the Arts and the founding executive director of Arts Advocates, a non-profit dedicated to improving public art programs around the world.
Prior serving in the U to the United Kingdom as a civil servant, she held various positions with the U Government’s Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Office on Violence Against Women.
She received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the American University of Beirut and her master’s degree from American University.