Mary Cypress leads thinking on SCORE’s long-term strategy and executes against the organization’s strategic plan, advancing evidence-based policy reforms and bringing data-driven and research-backed innovation to and through Tennessee. Mary Cypress has served in a variety of roles across SCORE’s work, including chief of staff, outreach, and communications. Before joining SCORE in 2012, Mary Cypress taught seventh-grade math as a Teach For America corps member in Nashville. Mary Cypress serves on the board of Intrepid College Prep, a public charter school in Nashville, and serves on the steering committee of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition. Originally from Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Alabama and her master’s in education from Lipscomb University.