Mary serves as director of Bright Spark™, Bridge Innovate’s social impact initiative for students and educators, as well as client services program manager. Additionally, she provides creative content design advisory for Bridge Innovate clients.
Mary is well versed in managing large complex projects with multiple stakeholder groups. The Bright Spark program for 2017-2018 engaged 4 sponsors, and 23 school teams in a 4-month competition resulting in 8 awards to teams from 4th grade to the college level. Mary also serves as the program manager for Thrive Regional Partnership’s Infrastructure and Thriving Communities Collaboratives. She is experienced with designing and facilitating empathy-based listening sessions specifically to gather insights on diversity and inclusion. With her advanced studies in design, she also guides the creative content frameworks for client solution reporting.
Mary serves on the Chattanooga 2.0 Innovation Action Committee for Hamilton County and as a member of the Spirit of Innovation work group. She volunteers as a workshop facilitator for the Chattanooga Public Library and the Public Education Foundation (PEF) to aid diverse groups of students, parents and educators in need.
Prior to joining Bridge Innovate, Mary served as the associate director of the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she was responsible for developing and cultivating real-world collaborations among distinguished professionals, students, and faculty. Mary led global initiatives, such as sponsored projects and executive education program development in the U.S., Hong Kong, and France that resulted in 50+ new partnerships and more than $1 million in revenue. Her past partners include BMW, Fossil, The Home Depot, L’Oreal, P&G, Philips and Reebok.
Mary received a bachelor’s degree in studio art from University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in luxury and fashion management from SCAD.