Mara is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She rowed for 3.5 years in high school before being recruited to Clemson Rowing. In high school, Mara helped establish and build the Broughton High School Rowing team (formerly Wake Rowing, now Triangle Rowing Club). After graduating Clemson with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Mara obtained her Masters in Sports Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from Old Dominion. Mara has coached at both the High School and Collegiate levels, including two years as Varsity Assistant Coach at Wake Rowing, three years as Novice Head Coach at Triangle Rowing Club and one year as Assistant Coach of Duke Women’s Rowing. When not coaching the Yorktown Varsity Girls squad, Mara works as a Project Manager for Optimization and Marketing at a digital marketing agency. Besides rowing, she enjoys hiking, camping, stand up paddle boarding and volunteering for the D.C. Half & Half Marathon (http://www.