Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mayrack applying audit, legal skills in new role

Mayrack applying audit, legal skills in new role

Brenda Mayrack (MPA, JD ’08) was appointed Delaware’s state escheator in the Department of Finance. In her new role, Mayrack will direct the state’s Office of Unclaimed Property.

Most recently, Mayrack managed unclaimed property examinations with Specialty Audit Services in Narberth, Pennsylvania. She previously represented and advised holders regarding unclaimed property compliance as an attorney in private practice and with Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Delaware.

“Brenda brings a wealth of knowledge to the department,” Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger said in the announcement. “Her experience in managing audits combined with her extensive legal experience representing both holders and owners of unclaimed property will be invaluable in our outreach and compliance efforts as the (state’s unclaimed property) program moves forward under the revised statute and newly issued regulations.”

From 2015 – 2017, Mayrack served as a deputy attorney general in the Delaware Department of Justice’s civil division, where she represented the Public Service Commission, which regulates Delaware’s water, electric, gas, and other utilities.

Mayrack also is a trustee and member of the volunteer sailing crew of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, the Tall Ship of Delaware; is a member of the board of directors of the Latin American Community Center; and is a member of the advisory board of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, which she helped create.

Originally from Wisconsin, Mayrack graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware, majoring in international relations and women’s studies. She was a James R. Soles Fellow at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., where she researched and wrote about ethics and transparency in government.

After earning dual degrees in public affairs and law, Mayrack returned to Delaware, where she worked in a private law firm before establishing her own practice. She ran as the Democratic candidate for Delaware’s state auditor in 2014.

At UW–Madison, Mayrack served as a managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and worked as a graduate assistant for the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission, where she authored a report examining racial disparities in sentencing practices.

A member of the Delaware Bar, Mayrack has worked to provide pro bono legal services as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care through the Office of the Child Advocate of the State of Delaware.