Mary Hayashi


Mary Hayashi is the award-winning author of 'Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority'. The book marries her own experience as an immigrant, with her exploration of Asian American culture and the impact it has on the health of her community.

California State Legislator

For six years, Mary Hayashi proudly represented California State Assembly's 18th District from 2006-2012. The District covers the area of the East bay including Alameda, Oakland, and San Leandro.

Healthcare Advocate

A tireless healthcare advocate, Mary Hayashi established the National Asian Women’s Health Organization and previously held the position of California Director of the American Public Health Association. She has also served on the boards of numerous healthcare-related organizations.

Public Affairs Strategist

Mary Hayashi serves as public affairs consultant for numerous organizations, corporations, and professional associations. She has successfully represented business and policy leaders working through some of the most complex public policy issues.

Women's Sports Safety Institute Director

The Women's Sports Safety Institute is a special project funded by the Silicon Valley Foundation. Mary Hayashi serves as a founder and project director of the Initiative that explores the need for
female-centered concussion research to determine why women suffer concussions at a higher rate than men, and ways to prevent these injuries.

Philanthropic Advisor

Mary Hayashi has significant skill and expertise as a Philanthropic Advisor. She has assisted various foundations and corporations achieve their charitable vision by evaluating giving strategies, determining specific needs, and creating a strategic contribution plan.



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Award-Winning Author

  Mary Hayashi is the award-winning author of ‘Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority’. Praise for ‘Far From Home’ ‘Mary Chung Hayashi is a tireless advocate for women’s health issues and Read more…


Young Female Athletes More at Risk for Concussion Than Males: New Study Confirms Earlier Findings.

When a boy asks his parents if he can try out for the school football team, his parents know that along with the fun comes some real risks. Everybody knows that football players get injured. And the potential for a serious head injury is obvious—there’s a reason football players wear helmets, after all. But the lead author of a new study, Dr. Wellington Hsu, has an important message for parents, coaches, and athletic trainers: “While American football has been both scientifically and colloquially associated with the highest concussion rates, our study found that girls, and especially those who play soccer, may face a higher risk.”


BAWAR’s 45th Anniversary

Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR) invites you to attend their 45th Anniversary Dinner & Awards Program When: Friday, June 9, 2017 5:30 pm Reception 6:30 pm Dinner Where: Scott’s Seafood 2 Broadway Jack London Read more…