The AGMA Foundation Announces New Executive Director to Continue Support to Gear Industry

June 1, 2021 – Alexandria, VA – The AGMA Foundation is pleased to announce Mary Ellen Doran as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. She will assume the role beginning today, June 1, 2021.

The appointment comes after the retirement of Cindy Bennett, AGMA Foundation Executive Director, who had held the position since 2014,

Doran is currently the Director, Emerging Technology for AGMA and she will hold dual roles for the AGMA and the AGMA Foundation.

“Mary Ellen has more than 20 years of non-profit experience with specific experience in fundraising,” states Dean Burrows, Chair of the AGMA Foundation and President of Gear Motions. “In addition, her outstanding work at AGMA in communication and emerging technology roles, and the positive relationships she has developed over her ten years at AGMA, ensures she is the right fit to move the Foundation forward.”

Doran will work with the Foundation Trustees to develop a strategic plan that leans toward the three pillars of the AGMA Foundation: Education & Training; Scholarships; and Emerging Technology specifically tailored for the needs of the gear industry.

“Mary Ellen has the right skill set to help us develop new avenues for fundraising including planned and corporate giving,” commented Ruthie Johnston, AGMA Foundation Trustee and President of Croix Gear & Machining. “I look forward to working with her to help sustain and grow the great programs we offer.”


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