Mary Beth Harrington
(Leadership Texas ’15, Leadership America ’16)
501c3 – Empowering Nonprofits
Mary Beth Harrington has served a variety of non-profits in several capacities over the past 20+ years. For the past nine years she has served as the President of 501c3 Empowering Nonprofits, LLC. Previously, Mary Beth served as Director of Curriculum & Development at the San Antonio Area Foundation, Executive Director of the Austin Public Library Foundation, Director of Agency Relations at the Volunteer Center of North Texas (VCNT), Volunteer Coordinator at the Dallas Public Library, Director of Marketing at BloodCare, Information Specialist at the Dallas Zoo and most notably as Director of Community Outreach at the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO). Hired as the first employee at TANO, in three years Harrington was able to grow the organization from no members to a membership of 1000 organizations and communicate on a regular basis to over 12,000 nonprofit leaders throughout Texas via TANOgram. An enthusiastic speaker, Mary Beth has spent these past years advocating for the nonprofit sector throughout Texas and the nation, articulating the issues facing our nonprofit community and how nonprofits need to work together to be more effective and sustainable. Previous to her experience in nonprofit management, Mary Beth spent the first ten years of her career in the public relations and advertising field where she promoted both national and local clients – everything from a building implosion to cinnamon rolls.