Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, CGP has served as an advocate for the social work profession since receiving her Bachelor’s and MSW degrees from NYU nearly 40 years ago. Mary has worked tirelessly to further the social work profession.
She brings an extensive knowledge base to The McSilver Institute as a member of its Advisory Board. She is a former president of The National Association of Social Workers - NYC and served as a board member for the New York State Education Department where she helped to guide recommendations for the social work licensing law.
Ms. Pender Greene’s background also includes executive and management responsibility for America’s largest voluntary mental health and social services agency—The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services—a non-sectarian mental health and social service organization. During her tenure at The Jewish Board, from 1984-2010, Ms. Pender Greene held many leadership roles including, Assistant Executive Director, Chief of Social Work Services, Director of Group Treatment and Director of the agency’s Confronting Organizational Racism Initiative in addition to overseeing the field placements for more than 100 social work interns yearly.
Currently Mary, maintains a private practice in Midtown Manhattan where she provides psychotherapy for adults as well as consultation and supervisory services for clinicians who seek to build or expand their practice and establish a virtual personal board of directors (VPBOD).
Additionally , she provides consultancy, speaking and mentoring services to help social service agencies better enhance and integrate their services, through training, education and installing social work values.
Mary has received many prestigious awards, including the first NYU Silver School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009 and the Human Services Council Leadership Award in 2008.
Mary’s dedication, leadership and commitment to advocacy continue to enrich the lives of many -- and further the social work profession in meaningful ways.