Cisco’s Mary deWysocki Joins MIND Research Institute’s Board of Directors
Irvine, Calif., July 11, 2017 Mary deWysocki, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Cisco Systems, Inc., is joining the nonprofit MIND Research Institute’s board of directors.
DeWysocki brings a national perspective to the board of the Orange County-based MIND. For the last 10 years, she has led various Corporate Social Responsibility and education initiatives for Cisco, including Cisco’s $80 million program to rebuild and transform schools in eight districts in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
“MIND Research Institute’s national scale today is largely due to Cisco’s strategic investments in our ST Math program over the years,” said John Phelan, chairman of MIND’s board and a retired executive vice president of Capital Group Research and Management Company. “We are delighted that our board is gaining Mary deWysocki’s extensive knowledge of the social impact technology can make in education.”
Cisco’s support of MIND goes back more than a decade, including gifts of technology that enabled the patented ST Math program to become web-based, as well as telecommunications and network solutions that helped the program expand from California to more than 1 million students in 45 states.
“MIND Research Institute continues to yield exceptional results in improving math education in schools across the country,” said deWysocki. “It’s been an honor to be involved in supporting their work thus far, and I’m looking forward to increasing my engagement with their mission as a board member.”
Currently, Mary leads the Corporate Affairs Strategy and Global Problem Solving Initiative (GPS) team, which develops programs and partnerships that create opportunities for people to innovate and succeed in the digital economy. She leads the strategy and execution for social investment programs, which includes the GPS Initiative, the Public Benefit Investment (cash and product grants), and the Cisco Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a JD from Pace University School of Law.
“Mary and her colleagues at Cisco have provided exceptional support and leadership that enabled MIND Research Institute’s growth over the years,” said MIND Research Institute co-founder Matthew Peterson, Ph.D. “I look forward to continuing and strengthening the partnership as we work together to achieve the mission of ensuring that all children are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems.”
About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social impact organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND is the creator of ST Math®, a visual instructional program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving to deeply engage, motivate, and challenge Pre-K-8 students toward higher achievement. ST Math incorporates the latest in learning and the brain, promoting mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. Longitudinal and broad-based studies across diverse population groups continue to demonstrate ST Math’s efficacy in building life-long learners prepared for success in STEM fields. ST Math currently reaches more than one million students and 44,000 teachers at 3,200 schools in 45 states. For more information, visit www.mindresearch.org.