With over 35 years of non-profit management experience, Mary McGowan currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. As the primary representative and spokesperson for this national 35,000 member patient advocacy organization serving women living with and at risk for heart disease, McGowan ensures successful implementation of the strategic direction and increases WomenHeart’s visibility and brand recognition among key audiences nationally.
McGowan joined WomenHeart in September of 2010 as Chief Operating Officer to ensure the organization’s long term growth and sustainability. McGowan provided leadership and day-to-day oversight of WomenHeart’s main components including fundraising, resource development, communications, marketing, programs and public policy. She created and implemented WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance, comprised of hospitals committed to advancing women’s heart health – a partnership with hospitals nationwide that seeks to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services.
Prior to joining WomenHeart, Mary served as Executive Director of the Allergy & Asthma Network, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. She held various positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics during her service of 18 years.
McGowan earned a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from the George Washington University and a B.A. from Trinity University. She has a congenital heart disorder, a patent foramen ovale (PFO), also known as a hole in her heart, causing a minor stroke in 2010.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the U.S.1 Until ...
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