Mary Theisen

With more than 20 years of brand management, marketing and sales experience, Mary leads marketing and strategic communications for the non-profit College Success Foundation, whose mission is to support low-income underserved students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed in life. Mary is inspired by the example her parents Sylvester and Mary Ellen set for community service and engagement.

Mary was an executive at Starbucks Coffee Company for 15 years, where she led Global Channel Brand Management with responsibility for consumer products marketing in all international markets. She supported the establishment of the Starbucks consumer product portfolio in the U.S. and globally, with strategic launches of Starbucks & Seattle’s Best Coffee; Starbucks Verismo brewing system; VIA and RTD beverages Frappuccino and Tazo Tea.

Mary received her Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Georgetown University; and her Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in German from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, graduating with honors.  She is an avid traveler and a passionate explorer of national parks.