Mary Murray, M.A. has dedicated her career to improving conditions for children, youth and families by
improving the schools and community-based organizations that serve them. With a B.A. in psychology from
Haverford College, Mary was accepted into Teach for America, an organization that addresses the inequities
facing children growing up in low-income areas by providing them with excellent teachers; she served as a
special education teacher in rural North Carolina. She later earned a Masterís Degree in Community & Prevention
Research at the University of Illinois. From 1998-2001, Mary was among the first staff of the Illinois Violence
Prevention Authority (IVPA), where she created and managing systems of evaluation and capacity-building to over
500 grantees, including school districts, law enforcement agencies, and community-based agencies working to prevent youth and family violence.
Mary created MEMconsultants in 2001 to provide consulting services that empower community-based organizations with the
planning, evaluation and collaboration skills necessary to achieve remarkable results. For the last fifteen years,
Mary has worked in the Puget Sound area and nationally with foundations, government agencies, large and small
community-based organizations, supporting clients to use evaluation practices to clarify impact and improve program management.