Mary works as Program Manager of CEF to support the development, capacity building, and scaling of community-based enterprises in CEF’s portfolio, to affect meaningful and measurable social impact. She is passionate about supporting innovative community development and social justice, and she works with communities and other stakeholders to develop projects that enhance livelihoods opportunities, sustainable land use, and gender equality.
She brings extensive experience in community economic development (CED) and international co-operation, designing and implementing programs focused on sustainable livelihoods, social finance, and women’s economic empowerment. Before joining CEF, Mary was Program Officer (Bolivia) at Crossroads International where she managed partnerships, projects and international volunteers. She also spent four years supporting women artisans in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where she launched a community-based social enterprise initiative for women impacted by violence. Additionally, she has designed and implemented gender audits and training with co-operatives in the Philippines.
She holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a B.A. (Honours) in Geography from Queen’s University.