Mary Durden, MA

Policy and Partnerships Manager
Oakland, California

Mary is driven by issues at the intersection of economic, gender, and racial justice and is committed to uplifting the voices of survivors of oppression. At Ibis, she collaborates with her colleagues on the Free the Pill project, focusing her time on coalition-building and insurance coverage strategies to ensure that a future over-the-counter birth control pill will be affordable and accessible to all. She also initiated and contributes to a research project focused on improving access to affirming and inclusive abortion and contraceptive care for transgender and gender-expansive individuals. Prior to joining Ibis, Mary worked at the National Network of Abortion Funds where she supported staff, board members, and abortion funds across the United States as operations and outreach manager. As a volunteer with the Boston Abortion Support Collective, Mary provided free, compassionate support for individuals experiencing abortion, and designed and led abortion support trainings. Mary also helped transform and center people-of-color leadership and involvement within the Collective. While obtaining her Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Mary served as a teaching assistant for an introductory feminist health course where she led discussions and empowered undergraduate students to be better advocates for their own health care. Mary also holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Women's and Gender Studies from Wellesley College.

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