Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM

Associate Vice President

“As non-profits’ futures become more secure because of mission focus and philanthropy, I anticipate a greater investment in building capacity, particularly in leadership.”

As a member of The Alford Group, Sr. Mary’s contributions find validation from three decades of consultative experience with nonprofits; additionally, she ran two Catholic, independent schools where she hired and worked with consultants in annual, capital and endowment campaigns. Mary served as Director of Advancement Services for the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, DC for fifteen years; in this position, she worked with hundreds of schools providing counsel in annual fund design, feasibility studies and major campaigns; strategic planning and advancement assessments; board training and leadership coaching. Of particular note, Mary has worked successfully with schools to reverse dire enrollment situations.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary grew up in Spokane where she has fond memories of the Lilac Festival and the Spokane Indians Baseball Team. Sr. Mary has received recent awards for outstanding service to Catholic education from both the Bishop of Spokane and the Archbishop of Seattle.

Mary is highly involved in the civic and fundraising communities in Seattle and elsewhere. She has served on a number of civic boards in Seattle; notably, she is a member of Leadership Tomorrow and a founding member of the Seattle Archdiocesan Fulcrum Foundation, a major endowment designed to provide access and affordability to low-income students. Mary has also published hundreds of articles on fundraising and related topics.

Joined The Alford Group: 2014

Select Clients:

  • Seattle Nativity School
  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School (Alameda, CA)
  • Pediatric Interim Care Center
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
  • St. Mary Catholic School (Aberdeen, WA)

Education & Credentials:

  • M.A. English, University of Washington
  • B.A. English, Fort Wright College
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