Vice Chair

Marian L. Heard

MARIAN L. HEARD has been president and chief executive officer of Oxen Hill Partners, specialists in leadership development programs and brand enhancements strategies, since August 2004. Prior to this role, Heard served over three decades in various United Way leadership positions, including president and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and CEO of the United Ways of New England. She served as the founding president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, which was organized to perpetuate President George Bush’s (#41) support for voluntary service. Heard is also a founder of the National Mentoring Partnership, and she was elected to the Corporate Governance Hall of Fame by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Heard has had the rare privilege of working with six US Presidents at the White House, Camp David, and in other US cities. She holds the title of Distinguished Trustee of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and she is the author of two books, The Complete Leader and Take Time. The recipient of over 110 local, national and international awards and citations, she holds twenty-one honorary doctoral degrees. She is active at the Greater Framingham Community Church and is a Life Member of the NAACP. Heard earned an associate’s degree in executive secretarial studies from the University of Bridgeport, a BA in business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MA in education from Springfield College. She completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she focused on economics and social policy.

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