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 program development, evaluation, and 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 increased access to resources and supports for families and improved 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.