Mary Marrone was called to the Bar in 1983 and has spent her career working with and for low-income communities. Most recently, she was the Director of Advocacy and Legal Services at the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), a community legal clinic with a provincial mandate to advance the income security interests of low-income people through test case litigation, policy advocacy and community organizing. Mary was invited to provide expert advice to several government initiatives including the Income Security Reform Working Group which produced Income Security: Roadmap for Change in 2017 and the Disability Adjudication Working Group, which redesigned the medical review process in the Ontario Disability Support Program. She also contributed her expertise to multiple social assistance reform processes, working with community legal clinics and other community stakeholders to develop a consensus on income security reform proposals.
Mary’s other professional accomplishments include working as policy counsel at Legal Aid Ontario, (LAO) where she led the development of LAO’s legal needs assessment framework, as well as serving as Executive Director of Community Legal Education Ontario. She has also served as expert advisor to Canadian Bar Association international access to justice projects in Bangladesh and East Africa, leading the training and supervision of legal needs assessment initiatives.