Mary Jo Veverka

    Mary Jo Veverka is the founder and president of the Veverka Family Foundation, focused on “giving forward” in the areas of public land stewardship and arts education. As part of this mission, she mentors her son and 24 nieces and nephews in their sponsorship of grants, engagement with their sponsored organizations, and the development of nonprofit board skills. A key area of philanthropic focus is the development of high impact environmental literacy/citizen science partnerships among public school districts, their adjoining National Park units, and education partners. These initiatives were informed by over ten years of travel exploring each of the 59 National Parks. Mary Jo serves on the boards of the National Park Foundation, Washington Performing Arts, and Sultana Education Foundation. Previously, Mary Jo had a highly successful career with over 20 years of management consulting experience, initially with Booz, Allen & Hamilton where she was elected partner in 1985, and later as a partner with Accenture. While at Booz Allen, she built and led their global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical products practice. Between these consulting roles, she served for over four years as Deputy Commissioner with the Food and Drug Administration, where she was instrumental in leading many initiatives to turn-around the Agency at a critical juncture in its history, including bringing them into the 20th century information age. She graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Creighton University and an MBA from Harvard University.