Mary Grant served for eight years as a Massachusetts State Representative (2003-2011) for the 6th Essex District, Beverly, MA. In her State Representative position Mary served on numerous committees. She was Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and one the House Ways and Means Committee for 4 years. She also served on: Joint Committee on Public Health; the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; Joint Committee on Revenue; Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business; Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Development as well as the Joint Committee on Human Services and Elder Affairs.
Ms. Grant was the on the Board of Directors for the Caucus of Women Legislators, and she created the Legislature's Prevention for Health Caucus. She has served on the Health and Human Services, Long-Term Care Financing Committee is a member of the Division of Higher Education, Nursing Initiative Task Force which transitioned into the Massachusetts Action Coalition for Nursing, and served on the Falls Prevention Task Force in the Department of Public Health. Mary was a member of the Northeast CQI (quality initiative) team for the MA Dept. of Children and Families.
Following her service in the MA House of Representative, she served as the Clinical Director for the Mass Health Office of Long Term Service and Supports and an interim director of statewide institutional, day and residential programs providing long term care. While at Mass Health she oversaw the statewide fleet of field nurse auditors and helped to author the first Adult Day Health program regulations and set up a protocol for medical record auditing of community programs providing services to Mass Health members. Mary moved to Care Dimensions a large hospice organization and served on the Executive Committee as the Director of Public Affairs. While there, she was successful in writing and obtaining a healthcare workforce transformation grant for the organization.
Mary has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Nursing for over 30 years. She was in private practice in Beverly, MA since 1990. Previous to that she worked for 14 years in the MA Department of Mental Health in Community Mental Health Centers in Boston and Cape Ann. During this time, she established and co-directed a Sexual Abuse Treatment Service for Cape Ann under a criminal justice department grant. She has clinical expertise in psychological trauma of all ages, and held a certification in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing. Mary received her MS in Community Health Nursing from Boston College and her BSN with honors from Boston College. Recently she has been teaching health policy in the graduate school at Regis College, and role development and leadership in the graduate nursing school at Endicott College and serves on many boards and advisory committees including: American Nurses Association Massachusetts Board of Directors and Health Policy Committee, Northshore Innoventures- a biotech and clean tech incubator, Regis College Advisory Committee for Health Care degrees, Northeastern School Health Academy, MA Mental Health Coalition, North Shore YMCA board, MA Action Coalition Committees on Culture of Health and Academic Progression, Health Care Without Walls (executive committee), and Beverly Main Streets.