Mary has always been in awe of plants, especially the largest trees, which were her inspiration to move west. Since a young age, Mary has been interested in conservation and protection of forests. She also passionately focuses on the intersection of equity and environment in her work and has spearheaded many diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Mary earned her Executive Master’s in Public Administration at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government and B.S. in Environmental Science from Plattsburgh State University of New York. Prior to coming to WMSWCD in 2008, Mary worked on a farm, at Marion SWCD, as executive director of a watershed association, and served with AmeriCorps. Mary manages a wide array of urban conservation and restoration programs, school and community garden programs, and our education program offerings. When not at work, Mary enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking, and biking.