Mary Crowley joined Vera in October 2012 from The Hastings Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan bioethics research and policy institute. At Hastings, she established and led a public affairs and communications department that launched a number of national initiatives that include creating a briefing book for journalists and policymakers, establishing a Washington, DC policy office, and co-producing an award-winning public television documentary on ethical issues in genetic testing. Prior to Hastings, she worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on its Cover the Uninsured campaign. Originally a journalist, she has written widely, and is on the editorial advisory boards of the Hastings Center Report and The Scientist. Mary received her BA from Barnard College, and has done graduate work in philosophy at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.