As account executive and content manager, Mary brings with her nearly a decade of professional experience crafting content for a variety of audiences, an integral part of the work she does at Baker Public Relations. Her skillset is rooted in a life-long love for the well-written word, combined with practical experience navigating the media landscape and public and private sectors as a trained journalist and strategic communications specialist.
Prior to receiving her master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Mary spent six years supporting federal clients in the national capital region as a communications consultant for BAE Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton, working with high-profile, scandal-ridden agencies. This crisis communications experience enables her to support Baker PR clients through trying periods, with a keen focus on mitigating risk and promoting positive spin. She also has a knack for developing tailored language and messaging protocols, having led division-wide initiatives related to change management and employee engagement, in addition to responding to Congressional inquiries and media requests.
Mary’s extensive experience both as a federal and marketing consultant includes rebranding, content development, and spearheading client website redesigns. Somewhat of a social media maven, she has established functional social identities that effectively promote, advertise and generate awareness—three “musts,” when it comes to 21st century business.
A skilled journalist, Mary is able to identify the “right” angle for Baker PR clients, ask the right questions and even assume a client’s voice to successfully ghostwrite with spot-on accuracy. She has covered issues related to STEM and cybersecurity in Chicago and Washington, D.C., for U.S. News & World Report, the Christian Science Monitor and Military Times, and also has significant experience contributing to upstate New York media as a lifestyle reporter, writing on health, wellness, food and home design.
Mary graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science in Culture & Politics. She currently resides in Niskayuna, NY, and has a passion for antiquing and interior design.