Mary Marx

President & CEO, Pace Center for Girls

Mary Marx is the President & CEO of the Pace Center for Girls and over the past decade has led the organization through an extensive period of growth. Since its founding in 1985, Pace’s direct service work has positively impacted the lives of more than 40,000 girls and over the past decade its work on impacting public systems and policies has contributed to a more than 60% decrease in the number of girls that are referred to Florida’s juvenile justice system. In 2019 Pace embarked on a national expansion strategy using a community participatory action model grounded in the needs, issues, concerns and strategies of communities to achieve community transformation and social change.

Marx has led large multi-site not for profit agencies focused on the well-being of children for the past three decades. She is a fellow in the inaugural Results for America Non-Profit Fellowship, serves on the Legislative Committee for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community and serves on several committees for local and statewide organizations. Marx is a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon and serves as the Counselor for Rotary Youth Exchange, providing mentorship and support to foreign exchange students in NE Florida.

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Why and How Family Foundations Can Advance Equity Through Participatory Measurement

Posted on August 13, 2021 by Lymari Benitez, Yessica Cancel, Mary Marx, Katie Smith Milway, Teddy Thompson

Courtesy of Pace Center for Girls  The recent investment by MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett in funder coalitions Fund for Shared Insight and Equitable Evaluation Initiative—both dedicated to increasing participant feedback in evaluation—is the latest vote of support for gathering evidence of program impact in ways that engage program participants as experts in assessing their own experience. Participatory evaluation (PE),… Read More

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