The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Mary McGeown as President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We are thrilled that Mary is taking the helm at MSPCC,” said Stephen Pagliuca, Chairman of MSPCC’s Board of Directors. “Her experience, skills, and dedication make her an excellent choice to lead the organization in the years to come.”
“I am honored and excited to lead MSPCC as it marks 135 years of protecting children and helping them thrive,” said McGeown. “I am looking forward to new challen ges and opportunities as we continue our commitment to strengthening families in Massachusetts.”
McGeown succeeds Marylou Sudders, who served as President and CEO for nearly 10 years. Sudders, a former Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, championed the importance of accessible services for behavioral health issues, and for mental health parity in the healthcare marketplace.
McGeown, who has served as the organization’s Interim President since August, previously held the position of Vice President for Programs, where she provided overall program leadership to MSPCC. Prior to that role, McGeown managed marketing, public relations and communications projects to promote MSPCC fundraising, advocacy and programs.
For almost 20 years, McGeown held key leadership positions for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She was also the Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Youth Services as well as the Chief of Staff. McGeown was the Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Mental Health and the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Department of Corrections.
A graduate of Boston University, McGeown lives in Winchester with her husband and two children.