Mary L. Harden is a civic leader and volunteer in the local community and at the national level. She retired from the Department of Defense where she served in several key local and national roles, including Human Resources Project Manager for the Defense-wide regionalization of civilian personnel operations. She also served on the Defense Comptroller’s staff as Public Affairs and Communications Officer for the consolidation of Defense finance and accounting operations worldwide, as Editor in Chief of the Army’s Financial Management Newsletter and as developer and manager of the Finance and Accounting Career Enhancement Training Program. She continues to provide consulting services in the areas of workforce planning and development, evaluation and process improvement in the public and private sectors.
She is an Indiana licensed real estate appraiser and approved fee appraiser for the Indiana Department of Transportation specializing in property valuation for right-of-way and eminent domain purposes and in residential real estate appraisals for estate, guardianship, and bankruptcy proceedings.
Ms. Harden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree from Ball State University. She has performed graduate work in Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the DOD Executive Leadership Program, Army Advanced Public Affairs School, Defense Information School, Army Leadership and Management Development Trainer Program, and Personnel Management for Executives Program.
She is actively involved in numerous leadership roles at the national, state, and local levels. She serves on the national and local boards of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, President and chair of the board of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, executive board of the Presidents Roundtable of Indianapolis, emeritus board of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, and Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. She is a founding member and past chair of the Presidents Roundtable of Indianapolis. She previously served on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Urban Mission YMCA and the Madame Walker Theatre Center. NCBW positions have included Chapter President, National Program Chair, National Board Director, National Secretary, and National Nominating Committee Chair. She currently serves as National Treasurer.
She is an elder at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, and has served on the Indiana Fever Basketball Advisory Team, the Indiana Consortium to Eliminate Achievement Gaps, the Lawrence Township Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force, the Early Childhood Development Task Force, and the Indiana University Diversity Dialogue Group. She is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis. She was inducted into the inaugural United Way Volunteer Recognition Hall of Fame.
She has received numerous leadership awards, including the Mayor’s Community Service Award, Sarah Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award from United Way of Central Indiana, the NCBW-Indy Nzingha (Organizational Woman) Award, the Secretary of Defense Achievement Award, the US Vice President’s Hammer Award, and the Center for Leadership Development Madame C.J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year Award. She has been featured in the Indianapolis Star as a noteworthy local business professional and in Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis and Who’s Who in America publications.