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 leadership positions within the United Way, including president and CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and CEO of the United Ways of New England. 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. 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 twenty five years as a board member, she continues her leadership and support as an advisory board member. Heard is also a founder of the National Mentoring Partnership. For service on nine Corporate Boards, she was cited for “her leadership in the Board room” and elected to the Corporate Governance Hall of Fame by the National Association of Corporate Directors. She was inducted into the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Corporate Governance Hall of Fame. Heard has had the rare privilege of working with six United State 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 is also the author of two books, The Complete Leader, and Take Time. The recipient of over one hundred ten local, national and international awards and citations, she holds twenty one honorary doctorate degrees. She is active at the Greater Framingham Community Church, and is a Life Member of the NAACP. Heard has an associate’s degree in executive secretarial studies from the University of Bridgeport, a BA 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.