Mary Hansel

Treasurer, Biomimicry Institute

Mary specializes in organizational sustainability and intrapreneurial coaching. A core theme of Mary’s work is ‘leveraging interdependence’; by engaging the power of diversity - across disciplines, cultures, and species - we can realize social systems that support fully functioning ecosystems and prosperity and respect for all.

Mary is a Certified Biomimicry Professional and was among the first fifteen graduates of the Biomimicry Institute's two-year professional program with a concentration in biomimicry and business innovation. She has designed and presented sustainability and biomimicry educational sessions for professional conferences, graduate courses as a guest lecturer, and internal workshops.

Mary’s extensive and varied background in sustainability strategy and water use efficiency programs is coupled with 20 years of accounting experience. Her career includes ten years providing sustainability strategy, education, communications, and management services for a national civil engineering firm; and she has served as a sustainability technical advisor on numerous planning projects for water and wastewater utilities, including the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Barbara, California.

Mary serves as Treasurer on The Biomimicry Institute Board of Directors, and is currently organizing a biomimicry regional network in the Pacific Northwest. She earned a degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona (1983), complemented with advanced studies in Biomimicry, The Natural Step and other sustainability tools; and was a Certified Public Accountant for 18 years (1985-2003).