Advocacy & Impact Investing

Mary Ann is managing director of the Beyster Foundation, board member, and investor in innovative technologies and solutions for education, conservation, and equitable business.

Beyster Foundation for Enterprise Development

In 2005, Mary Ann became President of the Beyster Foundation for Enterprise Development, created in 1986 by her late father, Bob Beyster, and renamed in 2017.  The Foundation supports advanced research, education/technical assistance, and catalytic community programs that advance innovation, entrepreneurship and broad-based employee ownership.  For her work through the Foundation, Mary Ann has received awards for exceptional impact in employee ownership, and recognitions for start-up/small business innovation. 

Initiatives launched include the Beyster Institute and the J.R. Beyster Special Collection at UCSD, the Rutgers’ Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, the Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership, Beyster Professorship, Beyster Fellowships & Symposium, Rutgers/Aspen Institute EO Ideas DC Forum, EO Training in Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at UMICH, Employee Participation and Ownership Scholarly Research Award at Academy of Management, and Best Paper Prize for Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership.  Published “The SAIC Solution” and “Names, Numbers, and Network Solutions”, and produced “We the Owners” documentary film.  More details and listing of innovative place-based initiatives found at the Foundation (

Non-Profit Membership

Mary Ann is Trustee of Beyster Family Foundations in support of health and human services, education, conservation, and art & culture, primarily in the San Diego region. She is also a board member at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, advisory board member of StartBlue, Trustee Emeriti of The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, former board member and Medallion Society member of La Jolla Music Society, and Producer Club at KPBS.  

Innovation Competitions and Acceleration

Mary Ann is a founding sponsor to Start.Coop, UCSD’s Entrepreneur Challenge, StartR, Veteran Ventures, San Diego’s Economy Food LabWomen in Ocean Food Latin America, and San Diego’s StartBlue.  She has been a judge for two major social innovation competitions-JMK Innovation Fund and MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change.

Impact Investing

Impact investing extends Mary Ann’s philanthropy and community involvement. Her portfolio includes investor notes, bonds, venture fund and equity positions to advance environmental health, community/worker well-being, and equitable wealth creation.

Her research in this field includes a published report in 2017 titled, Impact Investing and Employee Ownership: Making employee-owned enterprises part of the income inequality solution.  Read more here.

Member of Blue Angels, an investor membership organization focused on the bluetech sector.

Member of EnVest, an investor membership organization in support of investment opportunities across range of environmental themes.