For two decades Mary ZumBrunnen has worked across communities at home and abroad focused on sustainable development to improve quality of life. Since 2005 she has focused on Michigan, helping hundreds grow their community vision to fruition. It is from the impact of these experiences that she founded One-Community Consulting in 2007 to help connect industry expertise to solve local cross-sector challenges. In 2019 One-Community Consulting was awarded a “10 Over the Next Ten” social change-maker award from the Greater Lansing Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connections.
Mary believes in paying it forward and offers rich training ground for those also wishing to give back to their community through One-Community’s unique social entrepreneur knowledge leadership system. Learn more about Mary's background including: commitment to National Service, sustainable development, public health, and regional food systems on LinkedIn. A serious Spartan, she holds a BS in agriculture and natural resource communication and MS' degrees in community resource development and business administration – each from Michigan State University. She is a two time fellow through the US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Program and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
In March of 2018 Mary's first book, Transcendent Partnership: Aligning Agendas for Collective Impact was published by the Difference Press and a second edition later through Morgan James Publishing. This reached #1 on Amazon in both Business & Money and Politics & Social Science in the areas of philanthropy and charities. Combining professional expertise implementing sustainable development and business strategies, she applies supply chain management to work through many common system and relationship challenges that citizen stakeholders run into when solving large scale community issues. For more information, please see Transcendent Partnership.