GC Civic Changemaker Award for her tireless work advocating for young people, and for Generation Citizen. Mary joined GC’s Board in its first year of operations, and became the organization’s first (and third!) Board Chair. She helped see the organization through its humble beginnings to become one of the pre-eminent civics education organizations in the country. Mary never hesitates to ask the tough questions, and believes deeply in the power of civics education to form the better democracy we so desire in the current moment. Her energy, enthusiasm, and selflessness for GC serves as a model for all of us.
Mary Vascellaro was the founding board chair of Generation Citizen and remains an active board member. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Brown University. In addition to her work with Generation Citizen, Mary is a member of the Teach for America Bay Area Advisory board and is a chair emeritus of that board. She also serves on the Executive Committee of Teach for America’s national advisory board. She recently joined the advisory board of Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. She has also served on the Associates Council of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown and is a Past Chair. Mary also has served on Brown’s Women’s Leadership Council, a presidential advisory group. She serves on the Felice Lesser Dance Theater board in New York. Mary has extensive experience advising and working in the fields of arts and education in London, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.