Mary S. Martin ’77

P’17, ’20, Board Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Mary S. Martin is a 1977 alumna of Kingswood Oxford School with deep ties to the school. Her children are graduates: Grace Amell, Class of 2017, and James Amell, Class of 2020. In addition, Mary’s mother, Grace Stephenson Martin, was a 1951 Oxford Alumna who served on the Board when the schools were planning their merger and subsequently was named Trustee Emeriti.

Mary is the Executive Director of the HA Vance Foundation, a private family foundation. The Foundation focuses on organizations and programs in the Hartford area that support systemic education reform efforts and promote innovative approaches to urban education.

She brings a depth of finance and management knowledge from her 15-year career with United Technologies Corporation’s divisions: Otis Elevator Company, United Technologies Strategic Planning Department, and Carrier Corporation. At Carrier, Mary was the Vice President Consumer, and Specialty Products after serving as the Vice President Strategic Planning. Previously, she was Director of Business Development for Carrier, based in London, England, moving from United Technologies’ corporate offices in Hartford, Connecticut, as Director, Strategic Planning. At Otis Elevator, Mary held a variety of U.S. sales and management positions, including regional general manager for the North Central Region based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From 1981 to 1986, she worked for Bankers Trust Company in the corporate finance department in their Los Angeles office.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Yale University (1981) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1988). She and her husband, Jeff Amell, live in West Hartford, Connecticut.