Mary McCain is Senior Vice President of TechVision21, a Washington, DC policy consulting group that focuses on economic and workforce development and the impact of technology on these and other related issues. She assists businesses, nonprofit organizations and education institutions in leveraging their knowledge and experience to influence public policy and to develop projects and alliances that demonstrate the value of new perspectives in tackling persistent problems. She also provides research and analysis of existing and emerging issues and how these can impact an organization’s strategies.
Mary’s clients include the American Association of Community Colleges (Goldman Sachs Foundation grant for 10,000 Small Businesses); Microsoft Corporation’s Community Affairs; Rutgers University; the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research initiative for STEM education; CIGNA Corporation; Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy; and Jobs For the Future. She is a frequent speaker on the challenges and opportunities of technology-enabled learning and work in the global economy, as well as the workforce development policies and practices that help individuals and governments respond to these demands.
Prior to joining TechVision21, Dr. McCain served as Director of the Commission on Technology and Adult Learning (2000-2001), a joint initiative of the National Governors’ Association and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). From 1990-2000, Mary was ASTD’s Vice President for U.S. and International Policy and Public Leadership. Previously, she worked for U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC; retired).
Her recent publications include Technology-Assisted Learning for Adult Basic Education, Skills, and ESL in Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System: Lessons from Research and Practice (Labor and Employment Relations Association Series, 2010); The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning: Expanding Access to Adult Education and Workforce Skills through Distance Learning (Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy, 2009); America’s Workforce in Crisis: Facing the Challenge for Workforce Development in the Global Economy (Report of Microsoft Corporation Unlimited Potential Workforce Town Hall, 2007); and Digital Skills for the Information Workplace (2006).
She is an Affiliate Fellow of the Center for Women and Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds a PhD. in European labor and economic history from Georgetown University, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship, and an undergraduate degree from Vassar College. In 2002, Mary founded www.MeansForDreams.org (now www.donorschoose.org) a web-based nonprofit that links individual donors to the resource needs of Washington, DC public school teachers and students.