As a member of the Foundation’s Public Policy and Engagement team, Mary is responsible for Blandin Community Broadband Program administration, including grants management, Strategy Board support, and event planning. She also provides high-level administrative support for the PP&E department.
Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology (emphasis in archaeology) from the University of Minnesota, and worked in the retail, bookkeeping and office administration sectors before joining the Foundation. She is on the board of directors for Grand Rapids Area Roller Derby Association, and Grand Rapids Arts. She sees vibrant rural Minnesota communities as places with bustling downtown areas that encourage walking and bicycling, locally owned businesses, and the arts — robust access to the Internet is critical, too!