Mary Zients

Co-Founder at Urban Alliance Foundation

Mary Zients

Mary Zients

Co-Founder at Urban Alliance Foundation

Biography

Mary Menell Zients served as Chair of the Global Board of Directors from 2005 to 2012.

Ms. Zients spent her early career in strategic management consulting for Fortune 500 companies at Bain and Company in Boston. From 1991 to 1999, she worked in Washington, D.C. on post-conflict community development projects throughout Southern Africa, funded by bilateral and multilateral agencies.

Ms. Zients is a founding board member of City Year South Africa, a youth service community program in Johannesburg and also the chair of the committee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund-USA, which mobilizes resources for the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, scheduled to open in 2015. She also serves on the US Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg.

Ms. Zients is a founding member of the Urban Alliance Foundation (UA, 1996) and currently serves as board chair. UA is an inner city high school jobs and mentoring program serving young people in D.C., Baltimore, and Chicago. Ms. Zients was nominated by President Obama to chair the Commission on White House Fellows in December, 2013. In addition, she is the President of the board of Maret School.

Ms. Zients is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Social Studies in 1985 and received a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics in 1986. She lives with her husband Jeff Zients and their four children in Washington, D.C.

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Urban Alliance Foundation

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9

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Co-Founder at Urban Alliance Foundation

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Global Head of ESG at Bank of America Corp.

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Chief Operating Officer at N. A. A. C. P. Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

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Founder at Women for Women International, Inc.

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Head of School at Maret School, Inc.

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Member, Board of Directors at Urban Alliance Foundation

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Vice Chairman at Morgan Stanley

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Director & Treasurer at Women for Women International, Inc.

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Director at McKinsey & Co., Inc.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Urban Alliance Foundation

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Co-Founder at Urban Alliance Foundation
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The Urban Alliance Foundation (UA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in Washington, DC. The group works to train youth from under-resourced areas for work and self-sufficiency, through paid internships, formal training, case management, and mentoring. Urban Alliance was founded in Washington DC in 1996 and has worked with more than 15,000 low-income D.C., Chicago and Baltimore youth.

Education
Master of Science in Industrial Relations
Class of 1986

LSE was founded in 1895 and has grown to become one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked alongside Harvard, UC Berkeley and Stanford. A specialist university with an international intake, LSE's reach extends from its central London campus to around the world. The School has a cosmopolitan student body, with around 9,500 full time students from 140 countries It has a staff of just over 3,000, with about 46 per cent drawn from countries outside the UK Over 100 languages are spoken on LSE's campus An influential network of over 160,000 LSE alumni spans the world, covering over 190 countries with more than 80 active alumni groups.

B.A. in Social Studies
Class of 1985

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Career History
Co-Founder
1996 - Current

The Urban Alliance Foundation (UA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating in Washington, DC. The group works to train youth from under-resourced areas for work and self-sufficiency, through paid internships, formal training, case management, and mentoring. Urban Alliance was founded in Washington DC in 1996 and has worked with more than 15,000 low-income D.C., Chicago and Baltimore youth.

Strategic Management Consulting
Prior

Bain & Company is an American global management consulting firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, serving as an advisor to many of the world's largest businessess, nonprofit organizations, and governments. Bain has 48 offices in 31 countries and more than 5,500 employees.

Boards & Committees
Co-Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee
Current

Women for Women International, Inc. provides humanitarian services to women. It provides financial and emotional support to women survivors of war. Its programs include skills training, career opportunities, men engagement. The company was founded by Zainab Salbi in 1993 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$25K - $35K
2013

MARET IS A VIBRANT K-12, CO-EDUCATIONAL, INDEPENDENT SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON, DC. WE IGNITE OUR STUDENTS' POTENTIAL AND FOSTER THEIR ACADEMIC, ARTISTIC, AND ATHLETIC TALENTS.

$1,000 +
2010

Women for Women International, Inc. provides humanitarian services to women. It provides financial and emotional support to women survivors of war. Its programs include skills training, career opportunities, men engagement. The company was founded by Zainab Salbi in 1993 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

$500 +
2009

TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY DANCE EDUCATION AND PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES THAT REINFORCE THE PRINCIPLE THAT THE ART OF DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE.

Political Donations
$2,700
2016

Founder at AP Commercial LLC

$2,600
2013

Founder at AP Commercial LLC

$5,000
2012

Founder at AP Commercial LLC

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