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Mary Haynes


Board Member & Nominating and Governance Committee Chair

Mary Haynes has more than three decades of experience in administration, college admission, program development, coaching and facilitation in the educational, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Haynes spent 21 years at the Daniels Fund where – as the senior scholar relations officer and Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program officer – she managed the college scholarship program for students from diverse and under-resourced communities while cultivating new initiatives to increase educational access and support. She has held admissions, student affairs and administrative leadership roles at Stanford University, Colorado State University, University of Denver and The Logan School for Creative Learning. Most recently Mary served as a program director at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.

Currently serving on the boards of Mental Health Center of Denver, the Denver Black Reparations Council and the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, Mary previously served as a mentor for the Circle of Latina Leadership and on the boards of Make a Chess Move, Metro Volunteers of Denver and Judi’s House. Mary was a 2019 “Women Who Slay” honoree from Colorado Black Women for Political Action, a 2015 Influential Women of Color honoree from the Colorado Black Roundtable, and she and her family were jointly honored with a 2015 Heart of Volunteerism Award from Metro Volunteers and a 2006 Maverick Thinkers Award from Urban Peak. The first African American female to win a Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for academic excellence and community service from Stanford University, she has a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in organizational behavior from Stanford University as well as certifications in coaching, mediation and facilitation.