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Mara Heneghan

UChicago Obama Scholars 2021-2022


Director of Policy, Office of the Cook County Board President





Mara Heneghan is the director of policy in the Office of the Cook County Board President, managing the implementation of the County’s strategic policy goals. Mara works to advance policies that address the root causes of inequities and advance economic justice, in close partnership with advocates, nonprofit organizations, and other community stakeholders. She also assists the County’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, overseeing the creation of a legal aid program for residents facing eviction, foreclosure, or consumer debt cases and supporting the launch of the County’s first direct cash assistance program.

Mara is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice.