About Mary Trigiani

In well-run businesses, problems become products and services that make money. In well-run government initiatives, you see a return-on-investment of taxpayer dollars.

Mary Trigiani is an executive, communicator and commentator. She converts ideas, concepts, visions and strategies into compelling market positions, powerful messages and practical implementation.

Mary speaks to the making of a renaissance in today’s world. She calls for an innovative, responsible approach to investment in public infrastructure, centered in public-private collaboration. She advocates an orientation to delivering solutions instead of building institutions to manage problems — complete with performance measures and indicators. And she envisions a private sector that leads the way in fulfilling the promise of fairness to all workers.

The siren call to invest in infrastructure requires an obsession with solutions. This is a call to act, not to meander. To solve problems, not to keep them alive so we have something to do.

Mary has held management and advisory roles in banking, technology, consulting and government. From 1990 to 2017, she founded and ran Spada Inc, an independent consulting practice in Chicago, San Francisco and Virginia. She serves on the board of New College Institute, the advisory board of FundingSage, the community advisory committee of Cardinal News, and the Washington County [Virginia] Drug Court advisory council.

Before establishing Spada Inc in 1990, Mary was with Andersen Worldwide, the global professional services firm that was the parent of Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. She served as a speechwriter for the managing partners and handled special projects. Andersen became her first client.

Mary has been published in Harvard Business Review [short commentary], Cardinal News [Virginia], The Roanoke Times, and The Business Journal of TriCities Tennessee/Virginia.  She has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Verge, Buzzfeed, NBC’s Weekend Today, NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, CNET, San Francisco and San Francisco Italy. She served on the board of StartupHouse  and participated in the global Data Portability Project. She volunteered on the Presidio Community YMCA board and the Presidio Remediation Advisory Board. And Mary is the co-author of the memoir-cookbook, Cooking with My Sisters, with Adriana Trigiani, the novelist and filmmaker.

Growth comes in between the pivots – and job security is in what you deliver, not in what you take. The most profound, rewarding results happen when you can deliver alongside others who are fair, in teams that come together around a product, a service, or an idea.

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