Mary Ann Wyrsch

Mary Ann WyrschMary Ann Wyrsch is a former President and Executive Director of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and a former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. Prior to her U.N. appointment, she served for over two decades in a variety of senior executive positions in the U.S. government. In 2009, Mary Ann returned to government service at the Department of Labor to assist with Recovery Act implementation. She is currently serving as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Labor, focusing on a special program for recruitment and selection of senior executives.

She began her government career in the Office of Economic Opportunity and later joined the Department of Labor, where she served in senior positions as the Director of Budget; the Director of the Unemployment Insurance program; and Chief of Operations for the Employment and Training Administration. Wyrsch then moved to the Department of Justice, where she served as Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from March 1998 to March 2001, when she was appointed as U.N. Deputy High Commissioner. She has continued her service to the United Nations as chair of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Audit Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2011, and currently as a member of the United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF) Audit Advisory Committee.

Wyrsch holds a master's degree in history from Georgetown University as well as a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned her bachelor's degree in history from Webster University in 1965.