Following an extensive recruitment process, Mary Gloner has been selected as the Executive Director of Project Safety Net (PSN), a community-based collaborative focused on youth suicide prevention and well being in Palo Alto. Gloner was selected following two diverse community panel interviews, as well as interviews with City Manager Jim Keene, Palo Alto Unified School Superintendent Max McGee, as well as a group of alumni and current high school students.
Gloner is a local health educator with extensive experience including serving as Health Education Manager for Asian Americans for Community Involvement, Director of Administration at Sacred Heart Community Service and most recently was Chief Operating Officer for RotaCare Bay Area. Gloner's education includes a Master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. She also has extensive fundraising and community collaborative experience. Gloner also attended Palo Alto schools including Hoover Middle School and Palo Alto High.
"I look forward to serving the Palo Alto community," said Gloner. “As a former PAUSD student, I understand the pressures of achieving academic excellence in Silicon Valley. I am dedicated to changing the narrative on mental health stigma and improving our culture for Palo Alto youth.”
Gloner will begin in her position at a salary of $120,000 on Jan. 25, and will be a provisional employee for the City of Palo Alto. Her initial assignment is for one year pending performance and further funding appropriation from the City and potentially other Project Safety Net partners.