Mary Ann has over 25 years of relationship building and management experience in various print media. For many years, she worked at the Houston Chronicle working in Retail, Classified and National departments as an award-winning Account Executive, Team Leader and Advertising Manager. Mary Ann joined the University of Houston at Houston Public Media in 2015 as a Development Officer on the Major Gifts Team and eventually was promoted to Senior Director of Advancement.
As leader of the Major Gifts team, she oversees the Affinity Council major individual donors, as well as works on foundations gifts and securing planned gifts. She successfully documented the largest planned gift in Houston Public Media history in 2019.
While Mary Ann was passionate about her work in media, she has always had an interest in the non-profit sector. Mary Ann led the Houston Chronicle’s United Way campaign for the Advertising division for many years. After a period spent with her young children and doing local volunteering, Mary Ann joined Houston Public Media in early 2015. Mary Ann finds herself in a dream position – a perfect blend of relationship management, media and community service, in the city she loves.
Mary Ann is a life-long Houstonian with deep Texas roots as a sixth generation Texan. She graduated from Texas State University with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Business.