Team Green Champion: Mary Harvey
Cal Hall-of-Famer, USOC Hall-of-Famer, FIFA Women's World Cup champion & U.S. Olympic gold medalist
Mary Harvey is the chief executive of the newly established Centre for Sports and Human Rights, whose mission is to help embed respect for human rights into sport by sharing knowledge, building capacity and strengthening the accountability of all actors involved in the ecosystem of sport.
- Prior to joining the Centre, Mary spearheaded the groundbreaking Human Rights strategy for the successful United 2026 Bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Human Rights strategy was the first-ever comprehensive human rights strategy for a mega-sporting event and was the result of comprehensive stakeholder engagement with over 40 organizations in all three countries.
- Mary spent time at global management consultancies Accenture and Deloitte before joining FIFA as a member of senior management in 2003.
- After leaving FIFA in 2008, Mary became involved in the reform process at FIFA by launching the #WomeninFIFA campaign with Australian Moya Dodd. The campaign was successful in achieving gender inclusion as a core tenet of the reforms passed in 2016.
- Mary has served as a sport envoy for the US State Department’s Sports Diplomacy Division on several occasions, including missions to Iraq, Jordan, Canada and Mexico. On these missions, the key objective was engaging key stakeholders via sport outreach to promote acceptance and integration of diverse groups.
- Mary also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization dedicated to leveraging the cultural and market influence of sports to inspire sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices.
- A lifelong athlete, Mary enjoyed an eight-year career with the US Women’s National Soccer Team, winning the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991 and Olympic Gold in 1996. Mary appeared, with her teammates, in the HBO sports documentary, “Dare to Dream.”
- Mary holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BS from the Unviersity of California, Berkeley.
See more on Mary here as part of the #100Pac12 Alumni series during the Pac-12 Centennial Celebration in 2015.