Board of Trustees

Ms. Molly Mahoney Matthews

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Why I am a trustee:
When I joined the board I wanted to bring my experience founding a woman-owned small business, especially to our female students, and to participate in the extraordinary community that is St. Mary’s College. Over the years the people, trustees, faculty, staff and students have taught me so much about the liberal arts and collaborative leadership. I am grateful for the inspiration this community affords.

Graduated from (and year):
Hamline University, B.A. (1972)
University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. (1982) 

President and CEO of The Starfish Group, a communications, public relations and  marketing firm specializing in health, education, and work force development.
Author of UNSINKABLE: Find a Job, Create a Career, Build a Business

When I was in college I studied:
Psychology and education as an undergraduate.
Political and health communications in graduate school.

Today I wish I had studied:
Art, music and history – and the first year seminars, each one sounds fabulous.

Favorite book:
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally

Favorite film:
To Kill a Mockingbird (book by Harper Lee, film lead played by Gregory Peck)

Favorite cuisine:
Everything but fried calamari.

Role model:
Eleanor Roosevelt

Education/Career Advice for Students:
Take risks and persist. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing everyday that scares you."

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Molly Mahoney Matthews founded Matthews Media Group (MMG), a full‑service public relations and marketing firm, at her dining room table in a suburban tract home. The company grew to a staff of over 150 and more than $20M in revenue. 
The Washington Business Journal ranked MMG number 4 among public relations firms in the Washington, D.C. area. PR Week ranked the company in the top 35 public relations firms nationwide. In 2000, Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest multimedia holding companies, acquired MMG. 

Among MMG’s clients were thirteen institutes at the National Institutes of Health, nonprofits such as the National Science Foundation and major pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

Molly currently consults with her new company, The Starfish Group, on communications, advancement, health promotion, education, and social marketing initiatives for clients ranging from start-ups to non-profits, corporations, and 

Molly also serves as Chairperson of the Charter Review Commission of Montgomery County Maryland. She was appointed by the governor as a trustee of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, served a chair (2010 - 2013) and currently chairs the board’s admissions committee. She is the former chair and current trustee of The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health.

Molly’s passion is helping people of all ages develop strategies on how to “connect the dots” between education and employment. Based on her experience growing and managing a successful small business, she has authored UNSINKABLE: Find a Job, Create a Career, Build a Business. In her book, she animates career development subject matter with tales of her rise from struggling single mom to successful entrepreneur. Rather than unspooling a dry list of dos and don'ts, Molly shares pragmatic advice that is part Irish story telling and part clear-eyed business success manual. For more information: