Meet Mary Kate Feeney
Born and raised in Framingham, Mary Kate Feeney has been involved in the civic life of our community both as a volunteer and a public servant.
Mary Kate is the proud daughter of a former teacher and a software engineer. Along with her younger brother and sister, she attended Saint Bridget School. Growing up in town, Mary Kate was active in the Saint Bridget’s community, participated in the Girl Scouts (Troop 2120), played in Framingham Little-Big League, and later worked through high school as an umpire for the League.
During a visit to the school library in elementary school, Mary Kate found a book on President John F. Kennedy. His story and his words deeply resonated with her and inspired her to pursue a career in public service.
Determined to learn more about politics and life outside of New England, Mary Kate attended Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada and double majored in Political Science and History.
Mary Kate has dedicated most of her career to public service, starting as a writer of ceremonial documents, including proclamations and citations recognizing causes and citizen achievements, for the Office of the Governor.
Upon the inauguration of Governor Deval Patrick, Mary Kate was asked to stay on in the Constituent Services Office to develop protocols and establishing connections between the office and state agencies for constituent work. Every day she worked with residents to solve a wide range of issues with a state agency, like obtaining health care or resolving a tax situation. Additionally, she was the first contact for advocates to express their concerns on the issues that mattered to them. Being on the frontlines of our state government taught Mary Kate first hand how people engage with their elected officials and how it is a force for good for so many.
Her work earned her a promotion to become the Governor’s Director of Online Media.
Through the use of social media and online tools, Mary Kate worked to make state government and the Governor’s Office more transparent and accessible to its residents.
She left the Governor’s Office for the Commonwealth Marketing Office and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. There she worked on messaging and promotion of our vibrant economic, educational and art & cultural scenes. Additionally, played a role in the promotion of the Outside the Box arts festival on Boston Common and the Commonwealth's bids to host various NCAA championship games.
As the founder and chief strategist of Dockside Media, a small business based in Framingham, Mary Kate helps educational institutions, nonprofits, community initiatives, and civic leaders, better connect with the students, customers, and citizens they serve.
Mary Kate is dedicated to making Framingham a better place to live, work, learn and play. As the Chair of Framingham First, she helped lead the successful campaign for Framingham voters to adopt a more transparent, accessible and equal form of government in April 2017.
She is a member of the Framingham League of Women Voters, Pheasant Hill Civic Association, Framingham Business Association, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Framingham History Center, Framingham Elks Lodge #1264 and the Saint Bridget School Advisory Board.
When not serving on a board or attending a community meeting, Mary Kate can be found enjoying one of her favorite Framingham places, Callahan State Park or Cushing Park, with her beloved rescue black lab, Jack.