Tracey Stevens Joins MBU as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

July 28, 2020

Tracey E. Stevens is the new chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer at MBU.

Mary Baldwin announced Tracey E. Stevens as the new chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer, effective on July 13. Stevens comes to the university with more than 15 years of experience leading the financial management of nonprofit organizations headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area.

“As I got to know Dr. Fox and other members of the leadership, it became clear that there is something very special about Mary Baldwin University,” Stevens said. “The leadership is so committed and engaged and so clearly invested in the success of every student, that I wanted to join that effort and contribute to those successes.” 

Tracey E. Stevens is the new chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer at MBU.

Over the course of her career, Stevens has championed the cause of improved health and well-being for vulnerable populations both nationally and internationally, and cultivated expertise in areas including system development and capacity building through organizational growth and transition; enhanced financial reporting and transparency; cost effective grant and contract management; board relations; strategic planning; and budgeting and operations.

“My expertise is helping organizations develop strong infrastructure and controls to enhance mission delivery and protect financial health and vitality,” she said. “The university is at an exciting time in its institutional trajectory with impressive recent success in enrollment growth and new program delivery, and there is still additional capacity to expand programs and services. I will be working closely with the leadership to build a solid foundation to support exciting and innovative new initiatives to ensure the continued success of the university and expand the Mary Baldwin experience.”

Stevens most recently served in the newly created role of chief finance and administrative officer (CFAO) at EngenderHealth, an international nonprofit organization working to advance reproductive health and rights for women and girls in resource-poor settings. Prior to that position, she was the first CFAO named at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public-private partnership under the Bush Global Health Initiative that coordinates to save women’s lives from cervical and breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries. In both those leadership roles, Stevens extensively revamped financial management, reporting capacity, and budgeting processes to support organizational priorities.  

She also contributed to improving lives in the developing world as CFO at IMA World Health — which partners with major donors to build health systems and provide critical services in several African countries, Haiti, and Indonesia — where she led all financial and accounting functions. 

Her first chief financial role was at Child Trends, Inc. — a national nonprofit research organization focused on aiding children, youth, and their families through improved public policies and interventions — where she oversaw improvements to reporting, compliance, auditing processes, contract negotiation, and technology infrastructure.

“Tracey has an impressive track record of visionary leadership to expand the mission and impact of the institutions she has served,” said Pamela Fox, MBU president. “We are very fortunate to have such a seasoned financial executive assuming this critical position at Mary Baldwin.” 

A certified public accountant, Stevens earned her bachelor of science in accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University and holds a master’s certificate in transformative leadership and social change from Maryland University of Integrative Health.