Maryann Hedaa, Founder and President

May 17th, 2013 by   |   Under: Hunts Point Faces

Maryann Hedaa is the Founder of The Hunts Point Alliance for Children and currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Board Development.  Maryann has played an active role in transforming the Hunts Point community for over 15 years.

In 2004 Maryann founded the St. Ignatius School for Girls, which in 2005 she integrated with the boys school, and was named Principal. Before embarking on her impactful work in Hunts Point, Maryann was a leader in both the academic and business arenas.  Her area of expertise is leadership development, with a focus on how to sustain high levels of commitment and motivation in challenging and changing work environments.

Prior to St. Ignatius, Maryann was Sr. Director at Hildebrandt International where she was head of the Leadership and Strategy Practice Group. While there she consulted with several major professional services companies from investment banks to law firms and consulting firms including Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Skadden Arps, Paul Weiss, Brown Brothers Harriman, Cleary Gottlieb, and Thompson Information Publishing Group.

From 1985-1997 Maryann was an instrumental teacher, leader and external business consultant at Columbia Business School, where she was the Assistant Dean of Education and Director of the Institute for Non Profit Management.  In addition to teaching and leading the Institute, she taught in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs.  While at Columbia, Maryann was a Partner and Head of the Leadership Development & Performance Practice at the Impact Planning Group, a consulting firm made up of CBS professors.  In this role she created several executive leadership programs for high potential executives in financial and professional service firms.

In 1979, Maryann founded URBAN ADVENTURES, an adapted college-prep Outward Bound Program for inner city at-risk youth.  She was the Executive Director of the program for six years, and during that time she developed the Project Discovery Program at South Bronx High School.  This youth leadership program currently exists in several New York City High Schools. At the time, Maryann was known as the “Outward Bound Nun,” as she the first Roman Catholic nun to attend OB programs.  Also in 1979, she served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Bronx Frontier Development Corporation.

Maryann earned a BA in History and English Literature from St. John’s University, an MA and MS from St. Mary’s College in Ethics and Psychology, an MS from Columbia Business School and an STL in Social Ethics from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

She currently is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Shakespeare Society and Brilla College Prep Academy, a new charter school located in the Mott-Haven section of the Bronx.  She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Law Center and The Nantucket Aids Network.


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