About the Author

Mary ZumBrunnen

The Author Incubator, Dr. Angela Lauria, sits down with Mary and learns about what’s behind the book.

Mary Zumbrunnen

Mary ZumBrunnen was born and raised in metro Detroit, Michigan. She continues to witness the dynamic change of this former manufacturing capital. Founding One-Community Consulting in 2007, she later built the One-Community Group to include other projects from design to investment and food products. Over the years, Mary has focused on economic development, workforce innovation, and public health at the intersection of the triple bottom line. This informs her work connecting the public, private, independent, and nonprofit sectors.

A dedicated Spartan, Mary holds master’s degrees in community development and business administration from Michigan State University. She is a proud National Service alumna and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. Also an animal welfare advocate, Mary has rescued an assortment of animals and currently resides in Haslett, Michigan with two cats, two pit bulls and a parrot. In her spare time, she likes to paint in acrylic and has a fascination with photography.

Growing up with a diverse family on different continents and the desire to combine art and travel, Mary is currently developing a platform to lift up street artists internationally. Beginning in Southeast Asia, she is working with government and nonprofit organizations to market and sell handmade artisanal products online. Through this effort, she hopes to help increase the awareness of socioeconomic disparities affecting these artists and craftspeople internationally.

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“Every generation has thought leaders who view problems from an entirely new perspective. These leaders are not bound by the same conventional thought patterns that produced the problems they are trying to solve. These creators, instead, realize that systemic challenges require a new angle, a new lens and a wider view. Mary ZumBrunnen is one of these rare individuals who can see, as well as act.

In Transcendent Partnership, Mary is a voice of reason, bravely paving new roads in collective impact. She is unbounded and unrestrained by conventional thought. Her educational background and experience in community development have allowed her to “connect the dots” between the worlds of business administration and nonprofit leadership. She is a creative spirit who sees how the macro level can impact the micro level and vise verse. The application of her ideas, strategies, and holistic perspective presented within this book lay a new foundation for more sustainable community development through collaboration, i.e. collective impact.”

Dr. Scott Hadley, PhD, DPT, Client, Owner, Hadley Clinic

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