Global Community Service Foundation, working with local partners, envisions empowered communities in Viet Nam and Myanmar where all people lead dignified and productive lives . . . where healthcare is accessible . . . where all children are entitled to good quality education . . . and where all community members acquire necessary skills to gain decent and well-paid work or pursue self-employment to adequately support their families.
Welcome to the new Executive Director Mary Harvey
I am excited to be part of enacting GCSF’s mission. Listening to what people in the local communities want and need is key to successfully developing their capacity.
Mary Harvey was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. While attending college at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, she discovered her passion for International Development. She majored in International Relations with a minor in Economics and was able to travel to Africa twice while in college.
After college Mary returned to Kenya for an extended volunteer opportunity in Nyumbani Village near Kitui, Kenya. While in the village, Mary found her stride working with the Social Work department by mentoring adolescent girls and seeking better schooling opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities. Mary left Kenya with increased determination to help improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.
She has worked at L’Arche, an international federation that provides life-long homes to people with intellectual disabilities. After a year at L’Arche Spokane she returned home to join L’Arche of Greater Washington, D.C. She has been with L’Arche GWDC for the past three years and she currently manages the service provision for the homes in Arlington, VA.
Mary lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two dogs.