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Mary Foote

Director, Industry Engagement & Managing Director, Pipeline AZ

Partnership for Economic Innovation

Mary Foote is the Director of Pipeline AZ, an initiative of the Partnership for Economic Innovation and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Pipeline AZ is a career development and exploration platform that creates pathways to in-demand careers by connecting the dots between industry and education. It uses skills mapping technology to help job seekers discover new paths or level up in their existing careers while also serving as a valuable recruiting tool for employers. Mary has helped build a team that has grown Pipeline AZ’s userbase sixfold by developing strategic partnerships with nonprofits, local governments, educational institutions, and other organizations. Pipeline AZ is striving to be a solution to Arizona’s workforce challenges by acting as a singular hub for job seekers to understand the skills they need for particular careers and also directly connecting companies in growth industries to a pool of potential candidates to fill open positions. 

Prior to leading Pipeline AZ, Mary was a Vice President at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council where she organized and enacted various strategies to attract large industrial and fast-growth technology companies to Arizona. 

Mary also founded the Phoenix hub of Global Shapers, a program of the World Economic Forum that serves as a network of young people driving dialogue, action, and change in their communities. Mary is a member of Class 36 of Valley Leadership, a local organization that empowers, leverages and mobilizes leaders to meaningfully impact the most pressing issues facing Arizona. This year, Mary was selected to be one of 15 Arizonans to be part of Valley Leadership’s new Explore program that takes participants out of their home communities to get to know the great diversity of Arizona and understand the most pressing issues of the state’s rural, urban, suburban, border, and Native communities.


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