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- Community builder and catalyst of sustainable development initiatives
- Helping people and communities pursue their highest vision for a better life and better world
Mary Pullen supports the development, capacity building and scaling of community-based enterprises to influence meaningful and measurable social impact. Passionate about supporting innovative community development and social justice, she collaborates with communities on projects that improve livelihoods, sustainable land use and gender equality.
Mary brings to the organization extensive experience in community economic development and international co-operation, designing and implementing programs focused on sustainable livelihoods, social finance and women’s economic empowerment. Previously, she was program officer, sustainable livelihoods, Bolivia at Crossroads International where she managed partnerships, projects and international volunteers.
Mary also spent four years supporting female artisans in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where she launched a community-based social enterprise initiative for women impacted by violence. Additionally, she has designed and implemented gender audits and training with co-operatives in the Philippines. Mary holds a master of arts in geography from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor of arts (Honours) in geography from Queen’s University.