Mary Seawell

Mary Seawell is senior vice president for education at the Gates Family Foundation. She has served previously as executive director of the Sturm Family Foundation and the Judith Ann Griese Foundation. She has also served as a director and member of the Grantmaking Committee for the Charles T. Beaird Foundation, and board member and chair of the Grantmaking Committee for the Chinook Fund. From 1993 to 2003, she worked in various capacities at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Denver District Attorney’s Office. She also worked for Get Smart Schools, developing an MBA program at the University of Denver for autonomous school leaders. She has served on numerous community boards including the Odyssey School; the Denver Language School; the Lab at Belmar; Bluff Lake Nature Center; and Rape Assistance and Awareness Program. She was elected to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education in 2009 and served as its president from 2011-2013. Ms. Seawell is a graduate of American University and has a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She also studied Literature at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England.