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Mary MacPherson is an executive with a background in corporate and nonprofit organizations, expertise in the role of entrepreneurship and early stage company formation and growth, and expertise in nonprofit organizational capacity building and governance. During her business career, Ms. MacPherson worked in senior management roles at Apple Computer, MCI Telecommunications Corp., and Blackboard, Inc., as well as several smaller startups in the Washington area. Ms. MacPherson served for five years as executive director of Netpreneur, an initiative of the Morino Institute, where she provided leadership and overall responsibility for the Morino Institute’s programs, activities, and representation in entrepreneurship, including the operation of Netpreneur, Greater Washington’s community of early stage entrepreneurs and their stakeholders.
In 2004, Ms. MacPherson formed M2Works LLC, an independent consultancy. Her practice includes engagements in the areas of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial networks, nonprofit capacity building, sustainability, governance, and community building. She has worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa since 2006, facilitating the formation and growth of the MENA Businesswomen’s Network, a network of businesswomen’s organizations in 10 countries, providing technical assistance in the areas of governance, sustainability, member value, and program management.
Ms. MacPherson’s nonprofit service includes two terms as board chair of the Board of Mary’s Center for Child and Maternal Care, as an honorary board member of College Summit of the National Capital Region, and on the DC Region Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). She serves on the Boards of Directors of MindShare, the Slovak American Enterprise Fund, Slovak American Foundation (vice chair), and the Path Forward Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Mary Washington College and received its 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.