Mary Mathew serves as NCECF’s Collaborative Action Manager, supporting the implementation and collective efforts of our Pathways to Grade-Level Reading and Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiatives.
For the past eight years, Mary served as Director of Program Planning and Partner Engagement at the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), an innovative, place-based nonprofit working to build a pipeline of opportunities for children and families living in East Durham. Her role included developing partnerships with multi-sector organizations and community members working towards the shared goal of college and career readiness for youth, starting from birth. Together, their efforts improved access to child care and home-visiting services for families and academic outcomes among students.
Prior to EDCI, Mary’s diverse experiences include empowering children with different abilities through her work as a school-based Occupational Therapist, evaluating a psychosocial curriculum used with orphans in Malawi, and advocating for youth tobacco use prevention and policy change across North Carolina. Mary has always cared about the success and well-being of children, particularly those living on the margins.
Mary holds two Bachelor degrees from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a MSPH in Maternal and Child Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is originally from Canada but is now proud to call Durham home.