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MaryRose Mazzola, Executive Director
MaryRose Mazzola is currently the Executive Director of the Boston Women's Workforce Council. In this role, MaryRose manages employer recruitment to the Boston 100% Talent Compact, oversees wage data collection, statistical analysis and report writing, coordinates the Council’s annual Best Practices Conference and quarterly Membership Briefings, and manages the Council's membership communications, budget and daily operations. Prior to joining the Council, MaryRose worked as a research analyst and writer for the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP), identifying interventions effective at closing gender gaps in economics, education, health, and political participation for WAPPP's Gender Action Portal. She also served as Communications and Field Director to Boston City Council President Michelle Wu’s successful reelection campaign in fall 2015.
MaryRose graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015, where she earned her Master in Public Policy with a focus on tackling gender-based violence. While at Harvard, MaryRose conducted domestic violence research for the Boston Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement, the Massachusetts Probation Commissioner, and the City of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Public Protection Partnership. Her policy recommendations have appeared in a U.S. Department of Justice report on domestic violence interventions and in the Scottish Government’s national strategy to tackle violence against women. MaryRose also served as co-coordinator of the Harvard graduate school-wide coalition Harvard Students Demand Respect, which seeks to end gender-based violence and discrimination on campus. Under MaryRose’s leadership, the organization successfully advocated for improvements to the university's sexual harassment and assault policies and received national press coverage. She was awarded the Kennedy School’s 2015 Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Women's Advancement in recognition of these efforts.
Prior to Harvard, MaryRose was Campaign Manager for former Massachusetts State Senator Barry Finegold’s successful reelection bid, securing a 30-point win over a well-funded opponent. She went on to serve as a Legislative and Press Aide in his State House office and Political Director during the first six months of his campaign for State Treasurer. A native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, MaryRose graduated summa cum laude from the Merrimack College Honors Program in 2012 with dual degrees in Political Science and French. While at Merrimack, she volunteered at domestic violence and homeless shelters and advocated for sexual assault survivors. She was also a press intern in then-Senator John Kerry’s Capitol Hill office, a policy assistant at the National Foundation for Women Legislators, and a legislative intern at the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.
Analiese Barnes-Classen, Administrative Assistant
Analiese was born and raised in Roxbury. After graduating from Boston Latin Academy, she went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College in 2017.
Since her first job as an intern in the Boston City Council office, Analiese has had a passion for making a positive impact in the community through empowering others to make a change. She is driven by a desire to help others reach their fullest potential and make their voices heard. In the past, she has worked for many notable youth programs throughout the City of Boston including Action for Boston Community Development’s SummerWorks and Camp Harbor View, where she helped young people develop their leadership skills.
Outside of helping her community, Analiese enjoys reading, yoga, and exploring the never-ending attractions her hometown has to offer, in particular the exciting Boston restaurant and food truck scene.
Layla O'Kane, Data Analyst
Layla is from Cairo, Egypt, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and international relations in 2014. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked at Welch Economic Consulting, focusing on labor economics and litigation surrounding gender issues, as well as at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She was also the chairwoman of Bloomers Comedy, an all-female musical sketch comedy group. After graduation, she went on to work at NERA Economic Consulting in New York, doing antitrust consulting for mergers, acquisitions, and litigation.
Layla is currently living in Cambridge, MA and pursuing a Masters in Public Administration/International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is very excited to be working for the Boston Women’s Workforce Council as a Data Consultant, as it combines her interests in economics and gender issues, as well as her passion for public service.
In addition to her academic and professional interests, Layla enjoys theatre, cooking, knitting, and spending time with her kitten, Luna.
Gianina Chua, Undergraduate Intern
Gianina Chua was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2009. She is currently a Senior studying Political Science at Boston College.
Gianina’s internship at the New American Leaders Project has paved her passion for empowerment, advocacy, and policy among immigrants and women. As a McNair Scholar at Boston College, Gianina is currently researching the Municipal ID programs across the United States and analyzing how the Municipal ID program assists in the social integration of immigrants within their communities. Gianina is also a Resident Assistant for first year women and has been the first-responder to their needs. In the past, Gianina interned for MA State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and City Councilor Michelle Wu. Gianina was also a fellow at the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), which is the only nonprofit organization in the country that is designed for the empowerment and engagement of AAPI women in politics and government.
Aside from her interests in government and advocacy, Gianina enjoys the arts, fitness, food, and adventures. She loves to sing, dance, eat good food, getting lost in Boston, take photos, and everything in between.