Cutler Institute

Mara Sanchez

Policy Associate I, Justice Policy Program

Office Location

404J Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




A former news and documentary producer, Mara completed her master's degree in Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Southern Maine in 2017. Mara is primarily focused on youth justice issues and co-leads the Place Matters and Opportunity Scholars projects within the Justice Policy Program.

Areas of Expertise

Mara has contributed to several reports including Unsealed Fate: The Unintended Consequences of Inadequate Safeguarding of Juvenile Records in Maine and most recently, the Place Matters series. Mara is a Results-Based Facilitation Practitioner and is passionate about helping nonprofit and government partners achieve success through evaluation, creative problem solving, and data literacy. Mara is also dedicated to building pathways for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated populations to achieve academic outcomes, which is the primary goal of the Opportunity Scholars project.

  • Masters in Policy, Planning and Management from The University of Southern Maine
  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University