Mary Vradelis

Mary Vradelis


Professional Overview: 


Mary Vradelis is pleased to join St. Mary’s College of California as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Business and Economics.  She is a proud alumna of the Executive MBA program.   Professor Vradelis brings over 20 years experience in nonprofit leadership and management.  As a Principal Consultant with Sequoia Consulting Associates, her consulting practice focuses on guiding organizations and individuals through transitions, both planned and unexpected.  She serves as a facilitator, coach, and trainer, as well Interim Executive Director for nonprofit organizations and individuals. In addition to her Executive MBA, Mary has a Master’s in Therapy and a B.F.A. in Theater.  She draws on her extensive experience as an Executive Director and Board Member of several Bay Area nonprofits. She is the co-author of Strategy Making For Non-Profit Organizations: A Model and Case Studies (published by Business Expert Press), written with Dr. Jyoti Bachani.

School of Economics and Business Administration » Business Administration
School of Economics and Business Administration » Management and Entrepreneurship
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Galileo Hall - 326

Phone: 925-631-4604
Fax: 925-376-5625


Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Managing and Leading in Organizations
  • Global Management Skills and Global Communication
  • Jan Term 2016: Doing Well While Doing Good: Opportunities in Nonprofits
  • LEAP: Supervising Instructor for Independent Study
  • PMBA Practica: Active Listening for Work: Listening Up and Listening Down
  • PMBA Practica: Nonprofits: The Other Contributor to the GDP


St Mary's Service

  • Member, Assessment on Learning Committee, School of Economics and Business


Nonprofit Governance and Capacity Building:

  • Co-Chair, Practitioner Engagement Task Force, Executive Transition and Leadership Continuity Affinity Group, Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • Co-Developer, Peer-Consultants Evaluation Project, Nonprofit Consultants Network (NCN), at the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)
  • Board Member, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
  • Founding Member, Writers in the Schools Alliance
  • Treasurer and Advocacy Co-Chair, Arts Providers Alliance of San Francisco
  • Board Secretary, California Advocates for the Arts
  • Peer Review Panelist, California Arts Council
  • Vice President of the Board of Directors, Booker T. Washington Community Service Center


  • Workshop Developer and Leader, Leadership 1 and 2, Emerging Leaders Program at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.
  • Workshop Developer and Leader, Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations: What Business Tools to Adopt and Avoid, The Foundation Center.
  • Workshop Developer and Leader, Developing Your Leadership Playbook, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.
  • Workshop Developer and Leader, Bridging the Divide: Business Thinking That Works for Nonprofits, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.
  • Facilitator, Models to Help Group Make Strategic Decisions, Nonprofit Consultants Network.
  • Presenter, Strategy Making in Nonprofit Organizations, Progressive Consultants Network.
  • Key-Note Speaker, Nevada County Arts Convergence, “Nonprofits Talking Taxes.”
  • Trainer, How to Make Board Meetings More Effective, Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, Training for Regional Executive Directors.
  • Presenter, International Conference of The Association on Employment                           Practices and Principles “Lessons for Social Enterprises: Why Business Practices Fail in           Nonprofit Organizations,” with co-author Jyoti Bachani, (double-blind peer reviewed).
  • Presenter, Western Casewriters Association 2009 Conference "TNK-BP: Tread With Caution,"with co-authors Gomez-Arias, Asaravala, Bluhm, Li, and Threlkeld, (double-blind peer reviewed).
  • Trainer,Helping Clients Think Outside the Box,” Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin, Nonprofit Consultants Network.
  • Facilitator, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP),  “Measure Every Grief: Evaluating Creativity in Public Schools, “ Vancouver, BC.
  • Panelist, Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), “The Far Field:  Forging  Partnerships in the Community, “ Vancouver, BC.
  •   Panelist, American Educational Research Association, “Measuring Learning in the Arts: A Network of Assessment Approaches, “ San Diego, CA.
  • Panelist, California Association of Teachers of English- “Double-Team Development Standards: Teachers and Resident Writers, “ San Diego, CA.
  • Guest, KQED, Forum “California Arts Council Budget.”



Scholarly Interests: 


  • Management, Leadership Transition, Communication, Governance,Facilitation and Nonprofits
    Mary Vradelis supports organizations and individuals in transition, both planned and unexpected. In addition to her work as an Adjunct Professor, she has a consulting practice that includes Interim Executive Director Management, facilitation, training and management coaching for individuals, Executive Directors, and Boards. She draws on her extensive experience as an Executive Director and Board Member of several Bay Area nonprofits.