Mary Ferrell is the founder and Executive Director of Maslow Project. Born and raised in Medford, Oregon, Mary graduated from Southern Oregon University and began working with homeless children and families through the Medford School District in 2000. After working directly with homeless children and families for several years, Mary saw the need for a “youth-centric” one-stop resource center where kids and families could quickly and easily access essential needs and support services all in one location.
Maslow Project was started as a grassroots effort in 2006 and was founded as a nonprofit organization officially in 2009. Maslow Project has since received national recognition for its program model serving homeless youth and has been featured internationally in media outlets such as New York Times, BBC, and 20/20. Mary also serves in various other community and statewide efforts to work toward a better Oregon for all.