Mary Anderson first became involved with Scouts for Equality when her son joined the local Cub Scout Pack and they learned that neither her wife or herself could serve as Den Leaders because of the [then] discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America. Mary and her wife wanted to quit, but their son told them, “If we don’t change it, who will?” From her son’s inspiration, Mary co-founded the Oak Park, Illinois Chapter of Scouts for Equality.
Professionally, Mary is the Managing Director of Mission + Strategy Consulting, a strategy consulting firm focused on accelerating the impact of not-for-profit and social impact organizations. Mary has over 14 years of experience at the executive level at a variety of government and nonprofit organizations, with demonstrated success in diverse environments including start-up, established and turnaround situations. Mary’s diverse client experience includes human service organizations, public interest legal organizations, policy advocacy groups, housing development and counseling organizations, healthcare organizations, and public education focused organizations, with budgets ranging from $400,000 to $150 million. Mary has served on various not-for-profit boards of directors, including over nine years on the board of Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s most comprehensive LGBT community center.
Mary has a B.A. with High Honors in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College, a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from New York University. Mary was a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in 2008 and a German Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2011.