Mary Morten

Mary Morten is President of Morten Group, LLC, a national consulting firm established in November 2001 to focus on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Morten Group provides a customized approach to solve organizational and resource development challenges and to explore new opportunities. Highlights of recent and ongoing work include developing an organization wide racial equity integration process for Pride Foundation in the Pacific Northwest; facilitating a 30-million-dollar merger between two developmental disability organizations;  and conducting racial equity trainings on behalf of The Chicago Community Trust’s annual forum, On the Table.


Mary is a past Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health. In this position, Mary was responsible for the citywide implementation of the violence prevention plan: Prevent Violence! Chicago. Prior to this position, Mary was a mayoral appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and served as his mayoral liaison in the Commission on Human Relations.


Previous positions include Associate Director, Interim Executive Director, and Board Chair of Chicago Foundation for Women, the region’s largest women’s fund; as well as Interim Executive Director of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM); and Interim Vice President of Development at Howard Brown Health Center.


Mary holds a B.A. in communications with an emphasis in radio and television from Loyola University Chicago and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits.