Mary Clem

Mary Clem

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Clem, Mary

Mary Clem's passion for systems change in K-12 education, higher education and healthcare settings inspired a 25 year commitment to leading research and sponsored programs, startups, charitable foundations and institutional partnerships in public and private settings.  In addition to overseeing grant operations, Mary has launched and directed three charitable foundations, two for profit companies and four national centers, while teaming with researchers, program innovators and service leaders to secure more than $150 million in grants and gifts.  Significant project leadership has included:   

  • Serving on two health system management teams to launch centers focused on health reform research and workforce innovation.
  • Leading a comprehensive demonstration including launch of a medical fitness center, school-based curriculum and corporate wellness service line within a region to reduce obesity.
  • Leading transformation of the pathway for preparing clinical laboratory professionals in partnership with health providers, suppliers, colleges, universities and US Department of Labor.
  • Facilitating rapid, statewide training of a large critical care nursing workforce to meet new professional competencies using mobile simulation.
  • Supporting development of a seamless nursing education pathway from CMA through LPN and RN, which has since been replicated across five MnSCU colleges.
  • Leading transformation of neighborhood schools into comprehensive family service centers.
  • Leading transformation of curriculum, assessment and experiential learning within regional K-12 school systems using ACT’s WorkKeys employability system.
  • Leading a national center of community colleges, manufactures, and Federal Aviation Administration to prepare an avionics technician workforce amidst emerging competencies.
  • Leading startup of a national center involving two-year colleges, University of Minnesota and manufacturers to grow workforce for the emergent nanotechnology industry.
  • Leading a demonstration in two-year colleges nationally contrasting the standard ESL model with a new English-for-Specific Purposes model geared to increase success in higher education.

Mary received a baccalaureate degree from Grinnell College and Master’s Degree in Applied Economics from University of Delaware. She continued her education in Business and Urban Planning at the University of Iowa. Mary enjoys bass guitar, as well as playing sports like hockey, running, basketball, and yoga with her significant other and their four children.

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