Mara joined Blue Beyond in June of 2015 as a consultant with a strong background in outreach and engagement, communications, and strategic planning across multiple industries.
Mara excels at building consensus and driving collaboration across stakeholders, effectively partnering with and engaging employees at all levels across an organization, and breaking down silos to create lasting positive change. She is known for having strong management skills, remaining calm and confident despite any challenges, and building authentic relationships.
Mara graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and an MA in Communication Management from the University of Southern California.
I am a seasoned communicator with strengths in relationship building, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning and program management. My Master’s in Communication Management, focusing on organizational and strategic communication, as well as my experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, allow me to bring a unique perspective to my work at BBC.
I enjoy helping organizations create streamlined and efficient processes to more effectively communicate across a variety of audiences. I love being part of an entire strategic planning or change process from start to finish—from the visioning and planning stages, to facilitating and executing on the plans.
My favorite time of year is Fall. I’m from Wisconsin, so Fall to me is apple picking and hot cider. It’s trees the color of fire, breathing in crisp air and leaves crunching under my feet. It’s brilliant sunshine and that final gasp of Summer. And of course, it’s football season (Go Packers!), and pumpkin everything and breaking out the sweaters and boots and cozying up next to a fireplace. Though I live in Southern California now, and I don’t get to experience seasons per se, the memories alone will always make Fall my favorite time of year.
In two words: pretty awesome. My co-workers are smart and funny, hard-working and creative, and perhaps most importantly, they are genuinely nice people. I could go on and on, but I think “pretty awesome” sums it up nicely.
As cliche as it is, my dream has always been to spend a year traveling around the world. I wouldn’t make set plans – I would stay somewhere as long as I felt like it, until I was ready to move on to the next place. I would spend a lot of time in nature, visiting places that are rapidly disappearing because of climate change and global warming. I would learn Spanish. I would take cooking lessons everywhere I could. And, I would read a lot.