Mary K. Blanusa

Program Officer, Education

Mary Blanusa is the Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Education Program. Mary currently oversees all aspects of the wind-down of this program, which has worked on a national scale to ensure that all students have access to a quality education.

Prior to joining Helmsley, Mary spent 14 years at the Council for Economic Education, most recently as the vice president for government affairs and partnerships. Mary developed and executed a broad national advocacy strategy and managed all state advocacy efforts with the goal of adoption and implementation of standards and course requirements in economics and personal finance in all 50 states. Previously, she worked on an international teacher exchange and professional development program bringing together educators from the U.S. and more than 40 other countries to improve knowledge and skills in the delivery of K-12 economic education. Mary began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching English and environmental education to middle school students in Hungary.

Mary holds a master’s degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree from American University. She also devotes time to local education and community programs serving on the board of the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman’s Club.