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Mary W. Quazzo is vice president, secretary, principal counsel, and manager of Corporate Legal for Bechtel Group, Inc. (BGI), based in San Francisco. Bechtel is one of the world’s most respected engineering, construction, and project management companies, working with customers on landmark projects that foster sustainable economic development.
In her role, Mary leads a team that provides counsel and implements corporate strategies on issues that impact Bechtel’s operating businesses. She advises on matters and transactions that span across the company’s four global business units including issues respecting corporate architecture, capital and organizational structure, financial and ownership matters, governance, and strategic alliances. She also serves as secretary to the board of directors of BGI, its audit committee, and to the boards of subsidiary entities.
Mary joined Bechtel in 1989, working initially with the organization responsible for project development and financing services, as well as management of Bechtel ownership interests in such development projects. Later, she went on to serve in various roles across Bechtel, negotiating contracts and advising on transactions for all global business units.
Diversity and community service feature prominently in Mary’s activities. She is involved in Women@Bechtel, a collaborative forum connecting employees globally to promote the development and advancement of women at all levels, and numerous company and employee initiated stewardship efforts. Outside of Bechtel, Mary is active with various professional and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the California State Bar and is associated with the American Bar Association Business Law Section, American Corporate Counsel Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the Thirty Percent Coalition. Mary is an alumna of the inaugural DirectWomen Board Institute; since participating in the Board Institute, she has been a member of several steering committees for DirectWomen. In addition, she serves on the board of ICA-Cristo Rey Academy, a college preparatory school for girls from underserved communities that combines a rigorous academic curriculum with a unique corporate work study experience, and has worked with a number of other non-profits to improve their organizational and governance structures and more effectively meet their missions.
Mary received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, and an A.B. in Political Science and Psychology from Wellesley College.