Mary Lee Widener
DIrector, Community Investment Consultant
Global Board Members Since: April, 2003
Nominations Committee Member
Mary Lee Widener was president and chief executive officer of Neighborhood Housing Services of America, Inc., a nonprofit housing agency, from 1974 until her retirement in 2009. Widener also serves as a director of The PMI Group, Inc.
Widener has spent the majority of her career helping nonprofit and governmental organizations revitalize neighborhoods and increase homeownership opportunities through the extension of home loans and business partnerships. In recognition of her extensive commitment to improving housing opportunities for all Americans, Widener has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including Housing Person of the Year in 2000 by the National Housing Conference. In addition to holding an honorary doctorate in law from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Calif., Widener serves on several housing industry and nonprofit foundation boards.