Mary Walshok, Ph.D.
Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She was one of the first women to be hired at UC San Diego in a senior academic position, has done extensive research and writing on women in the economy, including a seminal book, Blue Collar Women, published by Doubleday in the 1990s. She has spirited a number of initiatives at UC San Diego to bring women and girls into STEM careers.
She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth including: Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth (2013) Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013), Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014) and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015).
An industrial sociologist studying the dynamics of regional economic transformation, Walshok has researched various communities with support from the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF, and the Lilly Endowments.
She oversees a $50 million, 200-employee division that annually serves more than 65,000 enrollees through innovative local and online programs, including UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reaches over 22 million households.
She is the co-founder of the internationally recognized CONNECT and currently serves on the boards of San Diego CONNECT, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science, La Jolla Playhouse, and Girard Foundation.