My guest today is Mary Gloner. For the past 20 years, Mary has been committed to addressing the priorities of vulnerable populations and building community capacity. She works on social justice and human rights efforts as well as the promotion of health parity.

Primarily in the nonprofit and public sectors, Mary’s career has focused on community health education and promotion, research, health communication, policy, advocacy, training, and administration. A child of Filipino immigrants, she is the first in her family to graduate from college. She received a Bachelor in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University along with advanced degrees in public health (MPH from San Jose State University) and business (MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business).

Currently, she serves as Chief Executive Officer for Project Safety Net, a collective impact dedicated to youth resiliency, mental health promotion, & suicide prevention. Mary has served as adjunct faculty for San Jose State University as well as a guest lecturer for DeAnza Junior College, Stanford University School of Medicine, and local high schools.

Mary has several County of Santa Clara appointments: Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) Stakeholders Leadership Committee, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Task Force, and the Race and Health Disparities Community Board. She serves as Vice-Chair on the City of San Jose’s Council Appointment Advisory Commission. In response to COVID-19, serves on the Emotional & Support Care Team for Collaborating Agencies’ Relief Effort (CADRE) in Santa Clara County.

Mary has served in leadership roles for health professional associations, including serving on the Health Equity Anti-Racism Task Force and as Treasurer for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Recognized in London by the Filipina Women’s Network as 2018 “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World” (Global FWN100). Received 2017 Silicon Valley Business Journal Excellence in Healthcare Award.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • How does the Project Safety Net work?
  • How could a city program turn into a nonprofit organization?
  • What are the things to consider when starting a nonprofit?
  • The biggest challenge Mary faced as an executive director.
  • How Mary spends most of her time in a new nonprofit organization as an executive director?
  • The importance of scheduling self-care breaks.
  • And much more!

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