Mary Ann Alger moved to Harrisonburg, VA in 2012.  She volunteers for the James Madison University in many ways. 

Advisor to the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business

  • Frequent guest speaker in classrooms  
  • Regular mentor to students 
  • Judge of business plan competitions at the College of Business and in the community 
  • Co-founder of the Madison Business Network
  • Founding member of the Women for Madison Executive Council
  • Host and co-host of university events, serving all constituencies 

Mary Ann has over 25 years of experience in finance, small business consulting, and entrepreneurship.  Since 2000, she has advised early stage companies in their commercialization efforts.  Her consulting focus is on building value and thereby positioning clients to attract investment capital.  Mary Ann works with clients to clearly articulate their value proposition; differentiate their product or technology; strategize about revenue-building and fundraising; and develop written materials and oral presentations. 

From 2004-12 Mary Ann lived in central New Jersey and had several life sciences and IT clients.  She also served as an advisor to the Rutgers University Technology Commercialization Initiative and reviewed proposals for seed funding.  From 2000-04 she lived in Ann Arbor, MI and advised several life sciences and clean technology companies.  She was a founding board member of the Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest, a statewide entrepreneurial network that conducts business plan competitions, provides entrepreneurs with targeted consulting and mentoring, and offers introductions to prospective investors.  At the University of Michigan Business School, she taught an entrepreneurship course; frequently spoke at conferences; and served as an advisor to the Wolverine Venture Fund.

Prior to that, Ms. she was the senior investment officer for Latin America with Environmental Enterprises in Arlington, VA, originating and structuring investments in small, emerging companies and serving in an interim senior management capacity for Empresas EESM, S.A. of Monterey, Mexico, and CPI, S.A. of Chillan, Chile.  Before that time, Mary Ann worked in corporate and international banking in Miami and Washington, D.C. and spent several years doing valuations, securitizations, and privatizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

 In addition to her volunteer work at James Madison University, Mary Ann’s current community service includes the following advisory committees and boards:

  • Chair, “Read to Succeed: Move the Needle”, an early literacy initiative of Harrisonburg-Rockingham United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Harrisonburg School District
  • City of Harrisonburg Economic Development
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance “Plan Our Park”  
  • Harrisonburg School District Fine Arts Academy
  • Harrisonburg Education Foundation
  • Harrisonburg High School – vice president of Stage Streaks (drama department boosters)
  • Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir
  • Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center

Past community involvement includes the following:

  • Church service such as fundraising and stewardship, including co-chairing a $4 million capital campaign; music ministry; children’s ministry
  • Public school PTA/PTO board service – 4 years as treasurer; off-budget fundraising for technology upgrades and performing arts
  • Community theater – board service; fundraising and ticket sales

Mary Ann is an experienced fundraiser.  Past successes include the following:

  • Non-profit settings: church fundraising and stewardship; public school off-budget fundraising; community theater fundraising
  • For-profit settings: venture capital investment; guiding clients to raise angel and institutional funding

Mary Ann is an honors graduate of Auburn University, with degrees in international finance and Spanish; she also completed a semester of coursework at the University of Madrid, Spain.  She received a Masters of Business Administration, with high honors, with a concentration in international finance from the University of Miami.  In addition, she completed a one­-year international management course at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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