Mary Beth Harvey

  • International Advisory Board Member

Mary Beth Harvey has worked professionally in the areas of early childhood learning, work/family research and mental health for children and young adults. She has worked with and on behalf of thousands of children in public and private settings. During her 30-year professional, volunteer and philanthropic career she has advocated for the rights of women and children to receive education, mental health support and an equitable work place.

A native Ohioan, Mary Beth began her career as a first grade teacher at The Brearley School in NYC. Her passion for researching and designing policies that support parents and children led her to the Families and Work Institute (FWI), where she contributed research that led to the Family and Medical Act. Her most recent work with FWI included Mind in the Making, a national initiative that brings the science of early learning to parents, educators and the public.
Her passion for early learning and literacy led Mary Beth to work most recently with a team of literacy experts and artists to create “Learn With Homer”, an iPad app gaining wide use nationally and internationally to teach young children how to read.

Mary Beth’s commitment to the emotional support of women and children finds her presently serving on the Board of The JED Foundation, a leader in mental health and suicide prevention and education for teens and young adults; on the Advisory Board of NYC-Parents in Action, a leader in educating parents on how to best support children in the prevention of substance abuse; and Hearts of Gold, which serves homeless women and children in NYC.

Mary Beth Harvey graduated cum laude from Wheaton College, and holds a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and four children.

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