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, Mrs. Heard served over three decades in various leadership positions within the United Way, including President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Chief Executive Officer of the United Ways of New England.

Her first 17+ years were spent in Connecticut where that United Way designed the #1 program in America. She completed her tenure as the CEQ. During her 12+ years in Boston, the organization was recognized for its children’s initiatives, community leadership and innovative intervention programs. Additionally, she spearheaded an effort that resulted in major gifts to the de Tocqueville Society vaulting this UW from #87 to #1, a position they enjoyed for the final two years of her tenure. Mrs. Heard was called the most honored United Way CEO in America.

She is renowned at the local, state and national levels, having served as the CEO of the Steering Committee of the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which was co-chaired by Presidents Clinton and Bush. 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.

She was invited to speak at 10 Downing Street, London, about expanding this effort in the UK. The Points of Light organization is now the largest volunteer advocacy effort in the world. She served two terms as the national board chair and, retiring after 25 years as a board member, she continues her leadership and support as an advisory board member .

She is also a Founder of the National Mentoring Partnership, which supports local and national groups, leading mentoring efforts as well as policy positions to support youth. She also served as the National Spokesperson.

A former member of the boards of Fleet Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual Group, CVS Caremark, Sovereign Bank, Santander Bank and Santander USA Holdings and BioSphere Holdings, she is currently the chairman of the advisory board of the Friends Beverage Group.

She has received the highest honor for those who serve on corporate boards by being inducted into the Natlonal Association of Corporate Directors’ Corporate Governance Hall of Fame, recognizing her “leadership and governance in the boardroom.”

Heard has had the rare privilege of working with six United State Presidents at the White House, Camp David and in other US cities and meeting on a variety of issues related to youth development, civic engagement and volunteerism.

Mrs. Heard holds the title of Distinguished Trustee of Dana Farber Cancer Institute and has been a long-term member of college boards and search committees. She is also 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 21 honorary doctorate degrees which cite her efforts on behalf of children and families as well as her local and national leadership.

She is active in supporting those who are sick and shut-in as well as the bereaved at the Greater Framingham Community Church and is a member of a number of business, women’s and community organizations including being a Life Member of the NAACP supporting voter, civil and human rights issues.

She has an Associate’s Degree in Executive Secretarial Studies from the University of Bridgeport, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s Degree 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.

She is married to Winlow M. Heard and they are the parents of two married sons and have four grandchildren.

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