Councilmember Mary Lupien, East District

City Councilmember Mary Lupien

Mary Lupien
East District Councilmember 
463 Parsells Ave,
Rochester, NY 14609 
(585) 428-7538 (o)
(585) 406-4709 (c) 
Mary.Lupien@cityofrochester.gov 

Mary Lupien has been proud to call Rochester her home since 1999.  Mary graduated from RIT in 2003 with a BS in Information Technology, and a minor in Spanish and Latin American Culture.  She has lived in the Beechwood neighborhood since 2014 with her husband Jesse and their daughters Maya and Wren, who are both enrolled in the Rochester City School District. Mary has served on the board of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition since 2018.  

After graduating RIT, Mary began a career in tech as a PC Repair Technician, and then as a Computer Programmer.  As she grew in her corporate roles, so did the feeling that she was not serving a higher purpose.

During this time Mary began studying social justice, and joined service-oriented organizations such as the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and the Blessed Sacrament Social Justice Team.  She was a founding member of the Monroe Village Farmers' Market, and eventually left her corporate career to become the Assistant Director of Saint Peter’s Soup Kitchen on Brown Street.

Mary has spent time working with children in deeply impoverished areas of Guatemala City with Camino Seguro.  She has worked for the Catholic Family Center (CFC) in several capacities including: as a Fundraising Assistant in the Homeless and Housing Department, as a member of their IT Department, and as a member of CFC’s Antipoverty Task Force, which was the precursor to the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI).  Mary worked as a Bi-Lingual Reading Interventionist at Henry Hudson School #28 in the Rochester City School District, leaving to join City Council.

First elected in 2019, Mary is a community activist turned public servant, and was inspired to run for office after Bernie Sanders' influential 2016 presidential campaign. Mary is passionate about fighting poverty, institutional racism, housing rights, and improving the quality of life for all Rochesterians.  She is active in community efforts to halt displacement and create access to quality, affordable housing as a volunteer with City Roots Land Trust and the City-Wide Tenant Union. She is a member of Mothers Out Front, a group mobilizing to preserve a livable climate and inspire bold local action to achieve a sustainable future for our children. She has served as their representative to the Police Accountability Board Alliance.

Mary seeks to increase Civic Engagement by opening up the legislative process and to "Co-Govern" with the community, seeking their input consistently.