Mary serves as a senior consultant for the Bridge Innovate® team. She is certified in IDEO’s design thinking methodology, well versed in managing large complex projects with multiple stakeholder groups and experienced with facilitating strategy sessions such as asset mapping and empathy-based listening series to gather insights on diversity and inclusion. Mary leads Bright Spark™, a social innovation program of Bridge Innovate aimed to ignite creative confidence of educators and students. With her advanced studies in design, Mary also guides the creative content framework for client solution reporting.
Mary serves as the engagement leader for Thrive Regional Partnership’s Thriving Communities Collaboratives and supports session facilitation and coaching for rural communities in the tri-state region.
Mary serves on the Chattanooga 2.0 Innovation Action Committee for the Hamilton County Department of Education and serves as a member of the Spirit of Innovation workgroup. She volunteers as a tnAchieves mentor, 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 the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in luxury and fashion management from SCAD.