Mary McMurtrey, MPPA
Interim Executive Director
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Mary has spent her career working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Her undergraduate degrees were in English and Women’s Studies with an emphasis on African American women authors from Augsburg University in Minnesota. She went on to help grow and develop the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and then pursued her master’s degree in Public Policy Administration with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and Leadership. While working on her degree, Mary did consulting for the Cooperating School District as well as help launch the Nonprofit Management Leadership Institute.
After graduating, Mary was recruited to work for the Public Policy Research Center at UM-St. Louis where she oversaw all the regional communications efforts to help promote PPRC as a policy leader. After her tenure helping to launch PPRC, Mary became the Executive Director of the Wildlife Rescue Center of Missouri where she worked tirelessly to invigorate a failing organization and tube feed baby opossums.
Next Mary went on to take the helm of a residential children’s facility, Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis. There Mary was able to refine her communication skills by being constantly and lovingly challenged by a group of very smart teenagers. From opossums to teenagers, Mary learned the ins and outs of the day to day reality of running nonprofit organizations that are essential to the community.
During that time, Mary volunteered for a number of regional initiatives where she had the opportunity to work alongside key leaders in the policy and nonprofit space. From there she was recruited to be the Vice President for the Gateway Center for Giving and then went on to become president. GCG is a regional organization whose members represent nearly 100 corporate, private and family foundations. After a number of years there, Mary was approached by the St. Louis Community Foundation to join them to help grow their community engagement work.
During her tenure at the St. Louis Community Foundation, Mary created and ran the regional Give STL Day which raised over 5 million dollars for area nonprofits as well as the community and economic development initiative Invest STL. After many long years and long hours, Mary decided to take a break to spend time with her family.
She currently lives in Ladue with her husband Michael and their two children, Sophia and Lyla. Mary enjoys gardening, reading and yoga.