As Chief Development Officer, Mary Stata leads Mercy Corps' global fundraising efforts with individual donors, foundations, and companies. She partners closely with the Office of the CEO, the Board of Directors, and the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer to position Mercy Corps as the partner of choice for high-impact philanthropists seeking to build a better world. Through her strategy and vision, Mary is guiding the fundraising team towards greater impact.
Mary brings 15 years of professional experience spanning policy, philanthropy, and fundraising. She joined Mercy Corps in 2017 and established the Foundation Partnerships team, and has partnered extensively with Mercy Corps' teams around the globe to raise funds, including during our response to COVID-19.
Mary started her career in education, living and working in rural India before focusing on peacebuilding and human rights policy in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, she served as a programme officer for Humanity United, traveling extensively throughout Africa and managing grantmaking programmes in Burundi and Zimbabwe. Mary is raising her three young children with her husband in Portland, Oregon.