Mary Culler is the Director of Ford’s legislative and community agenda in a number of states including Illinois. Previously Mary was the Director of Ford’s Global Public Policy office, where she directed the development of key company policies and positions on issues ranging from climate change to health care. Prior to working for Ford Motor Company, Mary was an Assistant Commissioner in City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, where she managed Mayor Daley’s Southside Industrial Development Program. In that position she led the retention and attraction of new businesses by promoting innovative financing tools and other city incentives. She also developed partnerships with financial institutions, corporations and non-profits to create jobs and encourage investment in Chicago. Prior to working for the City of Chicago, Mary held several positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C., including Associate Director of the Agency’s national Brownfields program which worked to clean up and redevelop industrial property. Mary was a key participant in the early development of this innovative program, and received EPA’s gold medal award for her efforts. She also worked in the U.S. Senate on environmental, energy and natural resource issues and coordinated Congressional hearings on a wide range of programs.