Mary Ross is presently Visiting Senior Fellow to Classroom Inc. and a Visiting Fellow to The New Criterion and its sister organization, Encounter Books, working one day a week for each developing new programs, Board members and donors.She is also a Trustee of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Grants Committee member of the Barker Welfare Foundation. She recently retired from The JM Foundation Board after 35 years as a Trustee.
Mary has 40 years in the field of philanthropy, working with the less fortunate and needy by designing solutions in her free market, non profit, public policy and foundation executive positions. She worked with Richard Gilder in November 2003 to 2011 as the Executive Consultant to The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, to design, plan and raise new funds for the national expansion of the Institute’s document-based education programs as he had been the sole donor. This included adding 34 History High schools, 21 Saturday Academies, 1,522 affiliate schools and raising funds for 162 teachers a year. Also, she was part of advising/ strategizing and raising the funds with Mr. Gilder for the $6 million raised for the 2004 Hamilton exhibit at the NY Historical Society, where the Gilder Lehrman collection is based.
From 1994-2003, as Vice President and Director of Programs for the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) and the University of Arizona’s Economic Science Lab, Mary created IFREE with 2002 Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith,plus the design and funding for educational programs and financial strategies.She was a Claremont Institute of American Statesmanship Research Fellow on national issues and finance during the period of 1994-2003. She served as executive consultant to the National Center for Policy Analysis from 1995-2003; and, was Director of the Federal Mandates Project for the Goldwater Institute, where she generated $225,000 and designed the capital campaign.
From 1983-94, Mrs. Ross, a native New Yorker, was the Executive Director and Secretary to the Boards of the Achelis and Bodman Foundations.