The Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate has tapped the mayor’s chief of staff to head its operations.
MaryAnn Means-Dufrene was named the executive director on Wednesday. The 35-year-old has been with the city for two years and helped manage Mayor Betsy Price’s wellness initiative FitWorth Healthy City. She will begin on Oct. 20.
She will be the face of the Fort Worth branch of the nonprofit, relaying its goals of supporting breast cancer education, detection, treatment, research in front of the public, policymakers, and community organizations. She’ll also be responsible for organizational development and long-term strategies. She’ll also help with fundraising and efforts that “impact public policy.”
“We are thrilled to welcome MaryAnn to the Komen Greater Fort Worth family,” read a statement from the nonprofit. “Her local community connections and varied professional background, coupled with her leadership skills, will be invaluable to the organization as she works to fulfill the Komen promise of ‘ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, energizing science to find the cures and ensuring quality care for all people.’”