Phone: (302) 255-9245
Mary is the director of financial empowerment for the State of Delaware and runs $tand By Me. Since joining the Delaware state government in 2009, she has worked with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and United Way of Delaware to develop and launch the unique $tand By Me program, helping thousands of Delawareans to become more financially secure.
Prior to her tenure with the State of Delaware, she was the co-founder and executive director of the Nehemiah Gateway CDC, a faith-based community development corporation in Wilmington, Delaware. At Nehemiah, she started a statewide EITC Campaign which, in seven years, provided free tax preparation for over 54,000 low-income taxpayers. The champion of this effort was State Treasurer Jack Markell, who prior to his election as Governor, embraced the cause of financial inclusion for low-wage workers and financial literacy for all Delawareans. This initiative became the inspiration for $tand By Me.
Previously, as the director of the Women’s Center for Economic Options at the YWCA, she launched the Working Capital Delaware program, a micro-loan program which served almost 1,000 micro-businesses and won a Presidential Award in Microenterprise Development in 1997 from President Bill Clinton. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in social administration from Temple University.