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Advocate for diversity and gender equality: Author, Public Affairs Consultant, and Healthcare Leader.


In Women In Politics, public affairs consultant and award-winning author Mary Hayashi showcases the work of women leaders in government, the lessons we can learn from their progress, and the barriers they’ve overcome to make a difference in the lives of their constituents.  With a series of interviews with women leaders combined with research on the current political landscape, Women In Politics provides encouragement and guidance to the next generation of women leaders.

Out Comes The Sun - Mariel Hemingway and Melissa Yamaguchi Interview Mary Hayashi


Mary Hayashi serves as public affairs consultant for professional associations, philanthropic organizations, and corporations. Mary has successfully represented business and policy leaders' work through some of the most complex public policy issues. Previously, she served as the lead strategist for the California Pharmacists Association’s successful passage of SB493, the landmark legislation that expands the scope of practice for pharmacists. This expansion has resulted in greater patient access to healthcare and improved the quality and efficiency of the healthcare delivery system.

As the lead consultant, Mary was responsible for developing a comprehensive political and legislative strategy, offering policy expertise, and building coalitions with diverse stakeholders. In 2015, Mary was awarded the “California Pharmacists Association Friend of Pharmacy” and the “California Pharmacists Association President’s Award” for leading the successful enactment of SB493.


Mayor Karen Bass Transition Advisory Team Press Release

I am honored to serve on Mayor Karen Bass’s transition team and help her identify the best possible talent for positions in the Mayor’s Office and the City’s Boards and Commissions. If you have the skills and commitment to the city’s needs, please apply. Healthcare advocate and former California State Assemblymember Mary Hayashi Joins Los…

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We Must Invest More Resources in Mental Health – Mary Hayashi 

Mental health is a critical issue in California, with a significant shortage of mental health professionals across the state, particularly for children and teenagers. Despite efforts by government and community leaders to increase investment in workforce development, the situation continues to worsen, with more and more children being seen in emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts.

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Why Does it Seem Like Nobody Cares About Female Concussion?

Women suffer more concussions than men in the sports that both play, with an injury rate 50 percent higher, according to the most recent research. Female athletes with brain trauma tend to suffer different symptoms, take longer to recover and hold back information about their injuries for different reasons than males.

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