vice president, communications and public affairs, vera institute of justice
Mary Crowley is vice president for Communications and Public Affairs at the Vera Institute of Justice. She joined Vera in 2012 as director of communications. A member of its leadership team, she leads Vera’s strategic communications efforts, particularly around its core priorities of reducing the use of jails, improving conditions for people who are incarcerated, and securing equal justice in an increasingly diverse America. She oversees government affairs, media relations, social media and online presence, public events, and Vera’s editorial department. Mary has led a number of initiatives, including Vera’s recent rebranding and website overhaul, and the communications around its 2015 International Sentencing and Corrections Exchange, which was featured in The Marshall Project and on 60 Minutes. She also developed and led Justice in Focus: Crime Bill @ 20, a multimedia initiative featuring thirty thought leaders examining the legacy of the 1994 Crime Bill and a path forward, and including Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Mike Lee and Barbara Mikulski, New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and others, and Justice in Transition, a series of briefings tied to the 2014 mayoral transition in New York City.
Prior to Vera, Mary established and led a public affairs and communications department at The Hastings Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan bioethics research and policy institute. There she launched a number of national initiatives, established a Washington, DC policy office, and co-produced an award-winning public television documentary. She has also worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on its Cover the Uninsured campaign. Mary holds a BA from Barnard College.