Mary Haffner

An activist, lawyer, and mom, Mary is passionate about social justice, the environment, and mental healthcare reform and she is committed to using her legal expertise to educate and organize the community to advocate for positive and lasting change. Inspired by her children, Mary’s activism began when she organized parents to push for the most comprehensive school district anti-toxics policy in the state. Subsequently, Mary organized the broader community to pass legislation aimed at protecting school children from toxic agricultural chemicals.  From 2005-2018, Mary was elected for three consecutive terms to the Ventura Unified school board where she championed the green schools initiative, energy efficiency, ethnic studies, and school mental healthcare.  In 2015, Mary spearheaded the campaign to pass Laura’s Law, an outpatient program for the seriously mentally ill. Mary has been on the board of various non-profits, including the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, Ventura Neighborhoods for Learning, CAUSE, and currently serves on the Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board. Mary and her husband Matthew practice law at their downtown Ventura law firm.