After 25 years as an attorney and partner with Davis Wright Tremaine, an international law firm based in Seattle, Mary moved full-time into the non-profit sector in 2010. At the request of the board of directors, Mary took on the role of interim executive director of New Horizons, a day center for homeless youth.
When Mary began her work at New Horizons, the organization was in danger of closing after a failed leadership transition. While acting as interim director, Mary reorganized and stabilized the organization. After assuming the permanent executive director role in early 2011, Mary more than doubled the annual budget over the next seven years and increased services to include emergency shelter beds and employment. She also ran a successful capital campaign and expanded the organization’s social venture, Street Bean Coffee Roasters. Today, New Horizons is one of the largest young adult shelters in King County, serving more than 750 homeless youth each year. During her time at Davis Wright, Mary provided pro bono services for a number of non-profit organizations and helped to found the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, a partnership between the Northwest Justice Project and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She served on that organization’s founding board and has been on the boards of several other organizations, including Crista Ministries.