Executive Director, Authors Guild
Mary Rasenberger is the Executive Director of the Authors Guild and Authors Guild Foundation. Founded in 1912 as the Authors League of America, the Authors Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers, serving as the collective voice of American authors. Prior to joining the Guild in November 2014, Mary practiced law for over 25 years in roles that spanned private practice, the government and corporate sector, as a recognized expert in copyright and media law. From 2002 to 2008 Mary worked for the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress as senior policy advisor and program director for the National Digital Preservation Program. Immediately prior to coming to the Guild in late 2014, Mary was a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, and previously Counsel at Skadden Arps, where she counseled and litigated on behalf of publishing, media, entertainment, and internet companies, as well as authors (including the Authors Guild) and other creators, in all areas of copyright and related rights. Earlier in her career, Mary worked at other major New York law firms and for a major record company.
Mary is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on copyright law and authors’ rights. She is Chair of the American Bar Association’s Copyright Division of the Intellectual Property Section; a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee of the Copyright Society of the USA; a founder of Copyright Awareness Week, and an Adviser to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law, Copyright. Mary received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and her B.A. from Barnard College.
Aside from reading (lots), Mary likes to hike, bike, swim and listen to music in her free time.