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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.
Katie Kalugin, Graduate Fellow
Katie is in her final year as a student in the Master of Public Policy program at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, earning a nonprofit certificate with the university as well. She has focused her studies on issues that effect women, like understanding why the gender wage gap persists despite policy interventions and the impact of women’s economic empowerment in developing nations. Katie received a BA in politics and a minor in women’s and genders studies at Willamette University (Salem, Oregon). After graduating in 2015, she moved to Boston to complete a year of service with City Year, an education-based AmeriCorps program.
This summer, Katie was an intern for Emerge Massachusetts - a nonprofit organization that identifies, trains, and inspires Democratic women to run for public office. Her role included alumnae engagement, refining the organization’s current participant selection process, and evaluating the curriculum designed to train women. Katie is thrilled to be a part of the BWWC and is particularly excited to employ her research and data analysis skills in contributing to the organization’s 2017 report.
Katie, an Oregon native, enjoys the outdoors, reading as much as she can, and working on her fitness.
Madeline Hren, Undergraduate Intern
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Maddie left the south to study at Boston University. She is currently a senior studying International Relations and Sociology, with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
After her first introductory women’s studies course, Maddie was hooked and knew she wanted to work towards empowering women, on the local, national, and international level. In Boston, she works as a teaching fellow for MEDIAGIRLS, an organization that teaches girls to think critically about the influence of the media on their self-esteem, and to use social media productively to take a stand on meaningful issues. Previously, she worked on the Development and Communication team of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nonprofit that identifies women leaders worldwide and provides leadership and business training to allow them to expand their reach within their communities.
When she’s not working to improve the status of women, Maddie performs in musicals with her student musical theatre organization, binge watches Aaron Sorkin television shows, and experiments with crockpot recipes.