Member Spotlight: Mary M. Feder


Mary Feder

Mary M. Feder is a senior communications executive with more than 20 years of proven experience in building successful, strategic communication programs that encompass the disciplines of investor relations, media relations, college relations and crisis communications. Mary possesses a proven ability to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment by adopting new tactics and techniques to complement existing resources.

She’s also been a board member of the IABC-LI and a past membership chair. Mary’s current role is Director of College Relations and Publications at Suffolk County Community College, where she oversees the image of the college by managing college-wide publications. Her career has included senior-level communications positions in industries ranging from banking to biotechnology. She was Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at American Home Mortgage, The Roslyn Savings Bank and The Long Island Savings Bank before moving to academia. She also had a successful track-record of communicating in good times and bad in the biotechnology, reverse mortgage and cosmetics industries. She is known by her colleagues for her clear, concise written and verbal communications.

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) is the largest community college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, enrolling approximately 26,000 students at its three campuses in Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead. SCCC offers the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, as well as a variety of certificate programs. Offering affordable college tuition, a highly respected Honors program, extensive extracurricular activities, championship athletic teams, and numerous transfer programs, SCCC is a first-choice college for Long Island students. Visit us online at sunysuffolk.edu.

Fun facts about Mary:

Hometown: I lived in Manhattan until fifth grade attending catholic school in Greenwich Village. I took my first grade teacher home with me on the first day of school! My family moved to Flushing, Queens when I was in the fifth grade. I lived in Queens until 1999.

College: I received an MBA in Finance and a BA in Marketing – both from St. John’s University.

Random fact: I have worked with celebrities, including Robert Wagner, whom I travelled with and wrote speeches for while I was employed in the reverse mortgage industry.

First job: For many years I was a dental assistant during college. I almost became a dentist but was persuaded by my employer to get an MBA.

What is your greatest accomplishment? I have done many things I am extremely proud of in the communications arena but my two daughters are my most beautiful accomplishments.

Last book read: I am always reading at least two books at once. I am currently reading and studying the Bhagavad Gita, which is the eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India.

Favorite hobby: I was, for many years, a competitive figure skater. Now I skate with my children and I practice yoga and strength training.

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