Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, June 30, 2014

2008 alum running for Delaware auditor

Brenda Mayrack Brenda Mayrack

Attorney and 2008 alum Brenda Mayrack is running to become Delaware’s state auditor, with a primary scheduled for September 9.

Since returning to Delaware after graduating with dual degrees in public affair and law, Mayrack built a law practice focused on auditing — assisting corporations conduct self-audits and defending compliance audits to determine unclaimed property liability. Prior to establishing her own practice, Mayrack Law LLC, she was an associate attorney at the Wilmington law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, where she was also involved in drafting amendments and comments to significant Delaware unclaimed property legislation and regulations and representing clients before various Delaware administrative agencies.

Before attending law and graduate school in Wisconsin, where she was born, Mayrack managed Delaware Congressman John Carney’s successful campaign for lieutenant governor in 2000 and served as executive director of the Delaware Democratic Party during the 2002 election. She has remained active as a committeeperson, strategist, fund-raiser and volunteer in local and statewide Democratic campaigns. She serves as parliamentarian to the State Executive Committee of the Delaware Democratic Party.

Mayrack attended the University of Delaware, where she received the Eugene duPont Memorial Scholarship, one of the university's most prestigious academic scholarships, awarded to only a dozen incoming freshmen each year. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2000, majoring in international relations and women’s studies, then 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.

At the University of Wisconsin Law School, she served as a managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. At the La Follette School, she worked as a graduate assistant for the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission and authored a report examining racial disparities in Wisconsin’s 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. She also helped establish and served on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Coalition against Gun Violence.

— updated July 16, 2014