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Mary Curtis


Mary Pacifico Curtis has served on numerous non-profit boards locally and nationally.  Current roles include Children’s Musical Theater San Jose (Executive Committee and past Chair), Downtown College Prep (Executive Committee/Director), LookWhatSheDid! (current Chair/ past Treasurer), EMEAPP (Philadelphia, PA), and Tupelo Quarterly (North Adams, Mass). Past board service has included San Jose Jazz, the San Jose Symphony and Children’s Discovery Museum.

Mary’s distinguished Silicon Valley career as founder and CEO of Pacifico, Inc. built a leading PR and strategic communications firm serving global technology clients. In that role she received the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award recognizing industry excellence and social responsibility.  

She continues to take board/advisory roles to technology startups and early-stage companies as a Venture Partner with Mighty Capital.

In fulfillment of a long-held dream, Mary writes poetry, memoir and literary criticism, and is the author of a newly released poetry collection, Hawk’s Cry; a memoir, Understanding Moonseed; as well as poetry chapbooks Between Rooms (2016) and The White Tree Quartet (2018). Her work is widely published and anthologized. 

She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and MFA from Goddard College

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