Mary Aselton Budd joined Starboard Leadership Consulting as its managing director in 2018. Having successfully managed a number of executive searches, Mary has established herself as an energetic and discerning consulting partner for nonprofit organizations in leadership transition. Her practice also includes strategic planning, leadership training, and executive coaching for clients invested in continuous improvement. She is a certified trainer and facilitator in “Everything DiSC.®"
Mary came to Starboard after seven years at the helm of Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor. As board president and then executive director of the nonprofit regional theatre company, she developed and implemented an ambitious strategic plan that resulted in financial stabilization, programmatic expansion, audience development, and many capital improvements.
Earlier, Mary worked as an independent consultant, heavily focused in the education reform space, with clients including EdisonLearning, Ascend Learning, Leeds Global Partners and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Mary began her career as a political appointee in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington and later worked for Massachusetts Governor William Weld. She served for five years on the City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development (two as chair), and was previously elected to the Bangor School Committee.