Mara "Red" Woody, Ed.D.

Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships at Riipen

Mara "Red" Woody, Ed.D. has a diverse work experience in various educational and administrative roles. Mara "Red" is currently a Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Riipen, where they build relationships and partnerships to design and launch programs that serve the workforce needs of the future. Prior to that, they worked as a Senior Director of Partnerships at Wadhwani Foundation.

In 2019, Mara served as the Assistant Commissioner for Postsecondary Policy at the State of Missouri's Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. In this role, they created the Missouri Adult Learner Network and hosted the first Student Journey Mapping workshop in the state.

From 2018 to 2019, they worked as the Judicial Education Manager at the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, leading the Judicial Education unit and implementing a new Learning Management System for the courts.

Mara's earlier experience includes working at Columbia College, where they held multiple roles. As the Special Assistant to the Provost from 2015 to 2018, they implemented the Provost's vision for Academic Affairs and led new program implementations. Before that, they served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs from 2011 to 2015, handling various academic tasks and contributing to the division's transformation through digital integration and project management. Mara "Red" also worked as the International and Graduate Programs Senior Manager, Evaluations from 2007 to 2011, where they focused on international credentialing and developed a deep understanding of international education.

Mara's career in higher education began at the University of Missouri, where they worked as an International Admissions Evaluator from 2005 to 2007. In this role, they gained experience in working with students from around the world and assisting students in studying abroad.

Overall, Mara's work experience showcases their expertise in strategic partnerships, postsecondary policy, educational leadership, and international education.

Mara "Red" Woody, Ed.D. is an education professional with a diverse academic background. Mara "Red" completed their Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, they pursued a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Columbia College from 2009 to 2011. Mara obtained their Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Columbia College, although the specific years of their undergraduate education were not provided.

In terms of additional certifications, Mara holds a Change Management Professional certification from the Acuity Institute, which they obtained in October 2021. In addition, they have a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from, earned in July 2021.

Mara also engaged in further professional development through a Fellowship in Peabody Institute Higher Education Management at Vanderbilt University in 2012. Additionally, they took a course in Project Management Basics at the Project Management Institute in 2022.

Based on the information provided, Mara "Red" Woody, Ed.D. has a well-rounded education history, focusing on educational leadership, policy, criminal justice, and sociology.


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  • Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships

    June, 2023 - present

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