Mara was born and raised in San Diego, California. She completed her Bachelors degree at the University of California Davis and since then has traveled and worked around the world. She began her career in San Francisco working to help low income Californians gain access to legal aid. In 2011 she moved to Cambodia to work with the United Nations and a local non-profit called Legal Support for Children and Women on policy relating to labor migration and human trafficking.
Her support for Reason to Party (RTP) began in 2009 as an events planner. She returned from Cambodia in December 2012 to take on the role of Executive Director of the San Francisco chapter. She is a charismatic, driven and motivational leader who has a proven ability to throw spectacular out of the box parties and bring diverse communities together to raise awareness and support for great causes.