Mary Murray, M.A. has dedicated her career to improving conditions for children, youth and families by strengthening
community-based organizations that serve them. With a Bachelorís 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 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 managed 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.
Noting a growing interest in evaluation in the nonprofit sector, coupled with a shortage of qualified consultants to whom she
could refer her nonprofit grantees, Mary founded MEMconsultants in 2001 to provide affordable consulting services that empower grass
roots, community-based organizations with the evaluation tools, skills and habits necessary to achieve their mission. Since, 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. She particularly appreciates multi-year
collaborations with social-justice oriented nonprofits that bring a strong learning culture and commitment to program improvement.