MARY ANN MCDONNELL | Outreach Manager
Unofficial Title: Queen Zen
Words to live by: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Mary Ann has a gift for bringing calm to chaos. Her steady hand on the Future 500 tiller keep the whole team in step. As the team lead on stakeholder outreach, Mary Ann schedules calls with the country’s top influencers – NGO and corporate executives, philanthropists, academics and government officials – who, though very busy people, readily succumb to Mary Ann’s pleasant persistence.
Since 2005, Mary Ann has led Future 500’s outreach strategy and managed Future 500 CEO Bill Shireman’s schedule. Her favorite thing about Future 500 is working alongside a dynamic team and knowing that she is making a difference.
A certified reflexologist and self-professed alternative health guru, ask Mary Ann about all things essential oils (her current go-to is “pure rose”), meditation and personal growth. She is an avid journaler, with a collection exceeding 170 volumes. Mary Ann prides herself on being a good listener, a trustworthy friend and a great dinner guest.
Mary Ann holds a B.S. in Journalism and Communication from Wayne State University. She previously worked in Washington, DC for the Federal Trade Commission as a Consumer Protection Specialist and has 20 years of experience in business development with major corporations. She lives in Nevada City, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.