Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson is the Director of Advocacy & Outreach for Northern Illinois, and Chicago Director for AARP Illinois.  Mary directs AARP’s strategy for the Northern Illinois region. She is responsible for overseeing AARP’s advocacy and initiatives particularly in the Chicago and surrounding counties area, at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels.  AARP is the leading advocate for the 50+ generation and fights for the issues that matter most to families — such as health care quality and access, economic and financial security, and social connections.

Mary brings considerable experience and talents to the position as an accomplished executive. In her most recent role as Managing Director with Mission + Strategy Consulting in Chicago, she provided strategic consulting to nonprofit organizations with budgets ranging from $500k to $150M. There she worked directly with foundation and nonprofit executive-level clients. As Executive Director for Stand for Children Illinois, she led the establishment of a 501c3 and c4 public education reform organization as well as a Political Action Committee for state and local electoral candidates.  At the time she led the organization, Stand for Children PAC was the largest in the state.

Mary’s prior experiences include Senior Advisor for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, where she led the Attorney General’s critical issues campaigns and coordinated the office’s affirmative litigation with legislative and community outreach agendas. Mary served as Deputy Inspector General for Policy and Legislative Affairs at the Illinois Office of Inspector General in the inaugural administration of the office; Senior Counsel for the Office of the Illinois Governor, overseeing the general counsels of 15 state agencies; Staff Counsel for Business Professional People for the Public Interest (aka BPI Chicago), and Staff Attorney for The Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in Chicago, amongst other roles.

Mary holds a Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law, Master of Public Affairs, Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College.