Leadership in Los Angeles
Our executive director, staff, alumni, board members and partners are committed to building a stronger Los Angeles by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.
Mary Jane Stevenson
Vice President & Executive Director for City Year Los Angeles
Mary Jane Stevenson serves as the executive director of City Year Los Angeles. In this role, Mary Jane maintains strategic relationships with the Los Angeles and Inglewood Unified School Districts, City Year Los Angeles’ Board, corporate and philanthropic partners, and the wider Los Angeles community.
Previously, Mary Jane was a leader in President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and his administration’s organizing work. She served as California state director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and as the California state director of Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee known as the President’s Field Team, where she organized staff, surrogates, political officials and volunteers across the state to support the president’s agenda. In 2008, she served as the California field director of Obama for America.
After her work on the presidential campaigns, Mary Jane founded and directed a political action committee (PAC) in support of Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles. The PAC forged an unlikely coalition of union leaders and private donors to help propel Garcetti into office.
Mary Jane started her career as a print and television reporter and spent 10 years as a reporter and anchor at Courtroom Television Network, where she covered high–profile stories such as O.J. Simpson’s murder trial and the impeachment proceedings of President Clinton.
Mary Jane received a master’s degree in international communications from the American University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a political junkie and perennial volunteer on local and national electoral campaigns.
Mary Jane lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and teenage twin children.