About Mary

The Current (Sept. 26, 2012) endorses Mary Lord as “the clear choice” for the At-Large seat on the DC State Board Of Education. “Ms. Lord has performed well in her current board post, and we believe she will continue to serve admirably as an advocate for strong educational offerings at all D.C. schools.”


  • A mom active in schools and community
  • An elected DC State Board member since 2007
  • An award-winning education writer
  • An effective advocate for parent involvement, neighborhood schools with well-equipped libraries and labs, strong science and arts education, hands-on and service learning, enrichment programs for our brightest as well as our special needs students, vocational training, internships, community partnerships, and common-sense rules
  • A national leader who brings DC’s voice to the federal education debate
  • A respectful listener who enjoys working hard for you — and with you!


Longtime Dupont Circle/West End resident Mary Lord is an award-winning education reporter who has represented Ward 2 on the DC State Board of Education since its inception in 2007.

Her articles have appeared in a variety of local and national publications, including US News & World Report, where she covered K-12 and higher education, Essence magazine and the Boston Globe. She currently focuses on science and engineering education as a writer and editor for the American Society for Engineering Education’s Prism magazine, which also publishes a monthly e-newsletter and blog for 22,000 K-12 teachers.

An honors graduate of Harvard, Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese history and language. Her journalism career includes stints as a Pentagon correspondent for Newsweek, North Asia bureau chief for U.S. News & World Report based in Tokyo, and U.S. News’ business editor.

On the DC State Board of Education, Mary has worked with colleagues on a host of game-changing initiatives. These include approving the District of Columbia’s first-ever standards for health and physical education – recruiting schools in our city’s fight against childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS – and joining 46 other states in adopting a “common core” set of rigorous new literacy and math standards that will put our students on par with their high-achieving peers nationwide and around the world. For the past nine months, the state board has been reviewing graduation requirements and receiving recommendations from teachers, students, and members of the public on revising them.

In addition to her work on the DC State Board of Education, Mary serves on the board of directors of the National Association of the State Boards of Education – giving the District of Columbia a voice in the national education debate. She also is a board member of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association, a community volunteer, and a huge fan of high school theater, debate, First Robotics, science fairs, and especially soccer.

Mary is married with two children. Her eldest is a college senior studying to be a middle school teacher. Her son, a 2012 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, is a freshman studying engineering.