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Mary Roche

Communications Specialist Mary Roche
Communications Specialist

As the communications specialist, Mary empowers Leagues and their communications efforts. She coordinates with staff to support the organization’s messaging goals and priorities.

Prior to joining the League in 2022, Mary worked closely with local political candidates and organizations to amplify women’s voices and increase political participation. Originally from Massachusetts, she had the privilege of working with a sexual and domestic violence agency in her hometown, cultivating relationships with local educators, students, and community leaders to develop prevention education campaigns and support survivors of intimate partner violence.

Mary graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2020 with a B.A. in political science.

On May 16, 2023, Mary Roche volunteered as a poll worker in her county for Pennsylvania’s municipal primary election. She'd recently joined her local League, and by volunteering, she learned more about everything poll workers do to keep our elections running smoothly and ensure that every voice is heard. 

Over the years, the United States has made significant social and legal advancements in creating a more equitable society. However, women, nonbinary, and transgender individuals continue to endure gender discrimination in many forms, including high rates of sexual violence. Despite various myths, sexual violence is not an isolated incident or a moment of uncontrollable anger. At its core, sexual violence is about power and control and is a symptom of a patriarchal, oppressive system.  

Our March 3 panel brought together a group of empowering women leaders: Amanda Brown Lierman, SuperMajority executive director; Sindy M. Benavides, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) CEO, LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, and Virginia Kase Solomón, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS).