Mary Hayashi’s remarkable journey from her childhood in Korea to prominence as a health care leader is documented in her book, Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority. She has been honored by Redbook Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and the California Chapter of American Red Cross.

California State Legislator

First elected in November 2006, Mary Hayashi served three terms in the California State Legislature representing the 18th Assembly District. The District covers the area of the East bay including Oakland, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Dublin, San Lorenzo, and Pleasanton.

Healthcare Advocate

Mary Hayashi is among this country’s most accomplished advocates for expanding the delivery and coverage of health care. Mary has championed meaningful reforms to expand access to healthcare and established unprecedented partnerships in support of social causes that previously had no financial or public backing.

Public Affairs Strategist

Mary Hayashi serves as public affairs consultant for numerous organizations, corporations, and professional associations. She has successfully represented business and policy leaders working through some of the most complex public policy issues.

Women's Sports Safety Initiative Director

The Women's Sports Safety Initiative is a special project sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Mary Hayashi serves as project director of the Initiative that explores the need for female-centered concussion research to determine why women suffer concussions at a higher rate than men, and ways to prevent these injuries.

Philanthropic Advisor

Mary Hayashi has assisted foundations and corporations achieve their charitable vision by evaluating giving strategies, determining specific needs, and creating a strategic contribution plan.

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Mary Hayashi is a former California state legislator, public affairs consultant, philanthropic advisor, and award-winning author.

She is among this country’s most accomplished advocates for expanding the delivery and coverage of health care.


Mary Hayashi serves as the Director of the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative, a project that focuses on exploring the gendered link between women and concussion.

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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.