As the Cardinal Courses Program Coordinator, Mary works with the Directors of Community Engaged Learning to support development and administration of Cardinal Courses. Mary manages the Mid-Quarter Feedback process to facilitate Cardinal Course student discussions and provide instructors with confidential feedback, supports the Social Entrepreneurs in Residence (SEERS) Fellows and Haas Faculty Fellows, serves as a resource for managing the Cardinal Course Grants process, and manages development of the quarterly Community Engaged Learning newsletter.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mary earned her BA in Architecture from Princeton University as well as an MM in Violin at Yale School of Music and DMA in Violin at UC Santa Barbara. She has spent much of her career teaching music; she was an Assistant Professor of Music at Cal State Northridge and, since 1999, has been an Independent Educator. As a performing artist, she has played violin in Baltimore Symphony and National Symphony; in 2015, she joined the San Francisco Symphony as a substitute violinist.
Mary’s involvement in community service and engagement began early in life when she and her two sisters, as the Kim Sisters Trio, regularly performed in senior citizen communities and local churches. Since then she has presented world music programs to elementary schools in rural Western Maryland, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, and led wilderness trips for college students. She is an active community volunteer and has supported Bay Area organizations ranging from Hand in Hand Parenting to the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco.
Outside of Stanford, Mary maintains a private violin studio and enjoys spending time with her two wonderful daughters. She loves nature, music, and being active.