Mara leads philanthropy, community strategy and public affairs for Westgate Resorts across the country, representing nine states and 28 resort destinations, ensuring community investment is targeted, meaningful and adds value to all areas of the business. Mara introduced the company’s Strong Families | Strong Workforce mission, oversees $2 million in grants annually and believes in the power of good storytelling. In 2017, she introduced the company’s collaboration grant program, challenging nonprofits to work in teams and share program resources to build the local workforce.
A passionate champion for our state’s growth across multiple sectors and for corporate citizenship, she believes the two go hand-in-hand to create a vibrant, profitable, sustainable and entrepreneurial environment. Mara was recently named an Orlando Business Journal’s “2017 Woman Executive of the Year.”
Mara enjoys anything on or near the water, entertaining a house full of boys, impromptu trips, her first cup of coffee and hosting friends in her beautiful city of Winter Park. She also has a knack for working movie quotes into most conversations. Mara is a proud University of Central Florida Knight, with a B.A. in Organizational Communication, and she has called Central Florida home for 25 years.