In her most recent position as Senior Partnerships Officer, Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific, The UN World Food Programme, Maryann focused on diversifying funding streams by revising a dated strategy and cultivating new relationships with the Asian Development Bank and other regional Multilateral Development Banks, financial institutions, regional associations like ASEAN and APEC, and seeking collaborative opportunities with sister UN agencies, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Maryann provided guidance to WFP country offices on initiating and nurturing relationships with development bank executives, best practices on due diligence and relationship building, engaging corporations, high-net-worth individuals, families and their foundations as potential donor/partners. She helped senior executives understand the value of different kinds of partnerships – beyond just funding. In the regional bureau, Maryann had a key role in selecting, writing speeches, and preparing executives for speaking engagements and meetings at high-level international conferences.
Through Philanthropy Indaba, a unique company that developed customized philanthropic journeys and opportunities for learning and service, Maryann brought donors closer to a deeper exploration and understanding of themselves, each other, and the world in which we live. Maryann used a thoughtful and curated approach to travel and the exploration of nature and humanity to nurture her clients’ ability to sharpen the focus of their philanthropy/social investments and strengthen the impact of their engagement at both at home and abroad. Maryann's signature approach was to focus on individually tailored outcomes and collaboration, as well as expertly facilitated discussions on the ground. Philanthropy Indaba provided access to thought leaders and multiple stakeholders, as well as the chance to identify synergies with and between NGOs seeking to collaborate with others.
Maryann was a strategic consultant to Educate Girls Globally, an organization which utilizes community empowerment and partnerships with Indian state governments to get and keep girls in school. She has provided consulting services to world-renown non-profit, Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, a 37 year old organization that has funded over 1,800 social entrepreneurs across