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Mary Adèr, Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs

Mary is responsible for leading CBHDA’s legislative work with a focus on mental health laws and policies. In addition, Mary brings expertise in health financing, child welfare and federal health reform to CBHDA.


Phone: (916) 556-3477 ext. 1152


Previous Employers

Kaiser Permanente

California Assembly Appropriations Committee

(Worked for the following Chairs of the Committee: Darrell Steinberg (Sacramento), Judy Chu (Los Angeles), Mark Leno (San Francisco), Kevin De Leon (Los Angeles), Felipe Fuentes (Los Angeles)

California Legislative Analyst’s Office



University of California Berkeley, MPP

University of California Berkeley, MPH

Dartmouth College, BA, Psychology


Community Service

Former (2010-2015) Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for two male teens raised in foster care

Literacy Tutor, Sacramento Public Library


CBHDA Committees


Children’s System of Care