Headshot: Mary Kingston Roche

Mary Kingston Roche

Mary is the Director of Policy for IEL, where she leads policy and advocacy efforts to promote the organization’s federal policy agenda and supports local and state leaders to advocate for supportive local and state policies. She also leads advocacy efforts for IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools.

Before coming to IEL, Mary was Manager of Government Relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, where she represented our nation’s secondary school leaders. Mary began her career teaching 6th and 9th grade English in Oakland, California.

Mary received her Master of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University, where she also competed on the Division I women’s track and cross-country teams. Mary is a proud alumna of IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program, class of 2011.

Mary served on the Board of Education for Prince George’s County, Maryland from 2016-2018 and lives in Maryland with her husband and two young children.

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