30 Years Leading Non-Profits that Helped Thousands of People
Prior to serving in government, Mary spent three decades running leading non-profits that made a difference in the lives of thousands of local people.
During her 14 years as the CEO of United Way Monterey County, Mary raised more than $50 million to help homeless children, provide meals for seniors, make healthcare more accessible, prevent gang violence, keep families in their homes during the recession, and expand opportunity for working people. An estimated 1 in 3 local residents benefited from a United Way-funded agency or program that Mary led.
Mary was humbled to be recognized for this work with Woman of the Year Awards from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors’ Commission on the Status of Women and CSU Monterey Bay School of Business.
Prior to leading United Way Monterey County, Mary held senior leadership positions at the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association, where she took on Big Tobacco, helped save hundreds of millions in funding for public health programs, and reduced tobacco-related illness and death in California. When revenue for these health programs was later threatened, Mary was brought back to save the funding, and received the American Heart Association’s Time, Feeling, Focus Award for her work.