Special Olympics Southern California has appointed Mary Ann Powell, CEO and general manager of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, as the newest member of its board of directors. Powell recently assumed the position and has begun the three-year term.
Powell is past chairman of the board of the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau and is now an officer, currently serving as secretary. She also serves on the board of directors of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Mary Ann’s caliber and professional background joining us on the board,” said Patrick McClenahan, chairman of the board of directors of Special Olympics Southern California. “Her business acumen coupled with her compassion for others will be a genuine asset to the organization.”
Powell has spent more than 12 years taking Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier to new heights and has led the way for 14 new amusement rides and attractions, complete midway games refurbishment, creation of a new “Family-Share” rides area, and the renovation and branding of the oceanfront food plaza.
She created and oversees the Pacific Park mentoring program that currently has 15 managers mentoring more than 30 supervisors for career growth opportunities. Powell also implemented an industry leading customer service program for all Park employees.
Pacific Park is Santa Monica’s largest youth employer and along with The Santa Monica Pier, plays host to nearly 4 million visitors annually.
“The Special Olympics Southern California Board is comprised of individuals striving to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve with them,” said Powell. “I have been fortunate to be associated with the organization prior to the appointment and look forward to growing the many relationships.”
Powell has a Master of Arts degree in business communications from the University of La Verne and completed undergraduate work at the University of San Diego.
In her free time she enjoys bicycling, walking, water sports, and travelling. Powell resides in Palos Verdes, Calif., with her husband and three children.
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