Mary provides strategic leadership and direction for the recruitment and admissions activities for D’Amore-McKim graduate business programs, which include MBA, specialized master’s, and graduate certificate programs. She also chairs the graduate admissions committee.

She channels her passion for serving entrepreneurs as a co-chair of the McCarthy(s) Venture Mentoring Network at Northeastern, a Spark Fund Advisor at Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation, a professional advisor at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and a MassChallenge HealthTech judge.

With over three decades of experience in the private sector, Mary continues to serve as managing director at Angel Healthcare Investors and was a founding member of the Angel Capital Association. Previously, she was the COO of an early-stage digital health company and a marketing VP with Fidelity Investments. Earlier in her career, she worked in software development at John Hancock, NYNEX, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Bankers Trust Company.


  • EdD Organizational Leadership, Northeastern University
  • MBA, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  • BA Mathematics & Economics, Bowdoin College

Awards & Recognition

  • Business and Entrepreneurship: Graduate RISE Category Award for “Mentoring Others Elevates All: The Benefits of Diverse Mentor-Entrepreneur Dyads,” Northeastern University RISE 2022

Selected Publications

  • McNamara, M. (2023). Punching Above My Weight: Mentoring Entrepreneurs' Well-Being (Publication No. 30316733) [Doctoral dissertation, Northeastern University]. ProQuest One Academic.
  • Davis, R., McNamara, M., & Maletta, G. (2003). Angel Healthcare Investors: Capitalizing on Innovation. In J. May & E. F. O'Halloran (Eds.), Cutting Edge Practices in American Angel Investing (pp. 146-162). Darden.