“It’s easier to seek forgiveness than ask for permission.”
– Grace Murray Hopper
Having previously interned and worked at the Independence Institute over the last decade, Mary MacFarlane rejoins II as its new Grants & Outreach Manager.
Mary was born in Albuquerque, NM, home of the Balloon Fiesta and a number of restaurants serving dishes made with the famed New Mexico green chile, but, due to a change in her father’s position, as a child left the Southwest and its otherworldly landscapes and ample cacti and sage-dominated grasslands that once sustained bison for New England. There, she was raised in beautiful Brookfield, CT, where she attained the title of “Class Clown, Class of 2000.”]
As the millennium dawned, time came for Mary to pursue a higher education; instead of crossing the continent once again, Mary attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, on Long Island, where she earned a BA in English.
After graduation, she took a new adventure – moving to Colorado alone. Here, she found an internship at the Independence Institute under their Investigative Reporter, Todd Shepherd. From there, she gained a spot in the development department.
When she is not managing grants or outreach, Mary enjoys watching great television series such as The Sopranos or Breaking Bad, hanging out with her sweet dog Spanky, and taking road trips throughout the Southwest. She is also a big fan of food