Mary Mancini was elected Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party on January 10, 2015.
After moving to Nashville in 1991, Mary opened a small business – Lucy’s Record Shop, a record store and all-ages music club. After the shop closed in 1998, Mary began working in the technology sector, first at Telalink, Nashville’s first internet service provider, and then at Sitemason, a website hosting and software development startup.
In the year prior to the historic 2008 election, she worked with documentary filmmaker David Earnhardt as co-producer, media specialist, and election integrity advocate for Earnhardt’s timely documentary, UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections.
In 2004, Mary organized a voter registration in Nashville drive aimed at 18-34 year olds, that operated throughout the summer. Later that fall she began co-hosting the progressive talk show, Liberadio(!) with Mary Mancini & Freddie O’Connell, on Vanderbilt University’s WRVU-FM.
From 2010 until 2013, Mary served as the executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, a public interest and consumer rights organization and an affiliate of DC-based USAction. Prior to becoming chair, Mary was a candidate for the Tennessee State Senate.
Mary has a degree from Syracuse University SI Newhouse School of Public Communications and together with her husband, Kurt Wagner and their two pooches, live in Nashville.