Mary DarbyExternal Relations Director

    Mary Darby joined ThinkTennessee as External Relations Director in May 2017, where she brings experience in philanthropy, policy, advocacy, and communications.

    Most recently, Mary worked as an Associate Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she directed a portfolio centered on education policy, stakeholder engagement, messaging, and research. Prior to her time at Gates, Mary worked as a consultant for polling and public affairs firms in New York City and Washington, D.C. A native Tennessean, Mary also served as an intern for Congressman Jim Cooper, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and the AARP.

    Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Smith College and a Masters in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with honors and was a Forté Women’s Fellow. She currently lives with her husband in East Nashville.

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