Castro Valley, California , United States
|| August 13, 1967
Feb 11, 2019 06:31pm
Pro Marijuana Legalization -
|Info||Mary Hayashi is the founder and President of the Iris Alliance Fund, and has served as the Alameda County Coordinator in the winning campaign to pass Proposition 63, which will expand mental health care services for children and adults in need. Mary is a Commissioner on the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, which was created to monitor the implementation of Proposition 63. |
Mary has advised the nation's top policy leaders, and has established unprecedented partnerships in support of social causes that previously had no financial or public backing. She is currently a member of the Board of Registered Nursing, which licenses and regulates registered nursing in California, having been appointed to this position by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez. Mary is the former California Director of the American Public Health Association, where she also served as their lead consultant on a bioterrorism preparedness initiative in California. She previously served as the Chairperson of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate's Political Action Fund and was a board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
Mary served as the interim executive director of the Capital Unity Center, an interactive learning and exhibition space commemorating California's cultural history and diversity. She has also served as an advisor to the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation and Foundation Consortium for California's Children and Youth.
Mary is an advocate for public education, and believes our public schools should have the resources to provide a quality education to residents that will open opportunities for a better life and strengthen California's workforce. Mary focuses on these issues as a board member of the Chabot College Foundation, the Institute of Mental Wellness at CSU East Bay, and Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.
Redbook Magazine recognized Mary as one of its "Mothers and Shakers" and Ladies' Home Journal cited her as a "Woman to Watch." In addition, the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women named her a Women and Industry honoree, and the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center honored her with a 2004 Leadership Award. Her remarkable journey from her childhood in Korea to prominence as a leader and strategist is documented in her book, Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority. She has been a featured speaker at the California Governor's Women's Conference, The White House Conference on Mental Health, and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education.
Mary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco, and her Master in Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University. She lives in Castro Valley with her husband, Dennis Hayashi, a noted public interest attorney. Dennis currently serves on the Alameda and Contra Costa Transit Board of Directors.