At Maher & Maher, Mary Wright is an integral part of projects with the U.S. Department of Labor to grow apprenticeship programs. Bringing her passion for working with businesses on talent development, Mary is helping to better understand the landscape of apprenticeship in the U.S., promote apprenticeship programs to businesses and partners, and accelerate apprenticeship growth in key industry sectors.
Mary has many years of experience connecting the public and private sectors in municipal finance, government affairs, and workforce development as a project leader, facilitator and subject matter expert. Before joining Maher, she was a director at Jobs for the Future (JFF) where she designed and supervised the completion of foundation, government and employer-funded projects on topics including: expanding employability skills, developing apprenticeship and work-based learning strategies, utilizing labor market information to determine educational focus, better hiring and training practices for people with disabilities, improving entry level jobs for the retail sector, determining the correct educational focus for specific geographic areas including the state of Florida and Columbus Ohio, and an in-depth analysis of green infrastructure jobs.
Prior to joining JFF, she served as director at The Conference Board in New York City, driving its work in workforce readiness, business, and education partnerships. She also focused on improving the employment outcomes for people with disabilities through research and convenings. Mary co-authored or acted as project director on several key Conference Board reports regarding workforce readiness skills, including Are They Really Read to Work? and The Ill-Prepared Workforce.
She also is a Senior Fellow for Workforce Development at the Institute for Work & the Economy where she serves on the Board of Directors.
Mary received a master of business administration in public/nonprofit management from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts in urban affairs from Connecticut College.
She lives and works from her home in Orleans, Massachusetts.