Mary is a recent master’s graduate in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University. Though she’s worked with communities both in the US and abroad, Latin America holds a special place in her heart, and she enjoys the continual push to live and learn with communities. She lived with a family in Venado for three months while she put together Clara Vista’s first 5-Yr Sustainable Development Plan. Mary has come to believe that community development involves working with and for the community in order to reduce the complex issues and root problems that continually keep communities from reaching higher and lasting potential.