Mary Silverstein

Adjunct Faculty
MA in Nonprofit Management


Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in Management, University of Alaska, Anchorage
MBA, University of California, Berkeley

Mary Silverstein was selected by the Board of Directors of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) as its first Executive Director, in December 2011.

Born and raised in Alaska, her community-based efforts began as a leasing agent for Carr-Gottstein Properties, Inc. the largest real estate developer and owner in Alaska (1987-1996). Anchored by family owned, full-scale grocery stores, the corporation incubated a wide array of mom and pop stores, which often thrived in the neighborhood centers.

Moving towards warmer weather to attain a graduate degree at UC Berkeley, in 1998 she assumed the role of commercial lender for Bank of America, in San Francisco, eventually relocating to Los Angeles in January of 2004 as Vice President of the Community Development Lending Division, where her clientele consisted exclusively of California based non-profits.

Transitioning from banker to affordable housing developer in 2005, during her tenure as the Executive Director of Los Angeles Housing Partnership (2006 – 2011) her environmental programs resulted in a Green Communities Award and a California Sustainability Alliance award. In addition to the development and oversight of over 1200 low income apartments; in concert with local community groups, she developed and funded adult and youth education, recreation, and health programs. Ms. Silverstein’s efforts also facilitated the explosive growth of a Food Bank program, serving 22,000 individuals in the MacArthur Park area by 2011.

A LEED®AP, she was an early adopter of the LA Business Council Solar Initiative. Mary was also a founding advocate of Smoke Free Housing, and a former Board member of Southern CA Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH).