Mary Ford

Board Chair

Director of Professional Learning
National Geographic Society
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Mary Ford is Director of Professional Learning at the National Geographic Society. Mary has an undergraduate degree in environmental science and policy from Harvard University and a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her career has focused on environmental education and citizen science. She has worked at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the World Wildlife Fund, the Council for Environmental Education, and the National Audubon Society. She has taught preschool, middle school, and high school, and has done ecology research from Borneo to Siberia. Mary has served on the board of the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Education Operating Committee of the American Forest Foundation, the Advisory Board of Toyota TogetherGreen, and the board and Education Working Group of the Citizen Science Association.