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About Us


Practicing the 3 P's of "People, Planet and Profit” lies at the very heart of benefit corporations. From the environment to equity, we admire how these companies focus on the greater good in their communities and in their states.

At Benefit Corporations for Good, we believe in empowering such beacons of light through education, communication and advocacy. We are helping build a union of forward-thinking companies aligned in their shared values of honesty, transparency and empathy.

Watch Our Interview about "The Why for the Benefit Corporation"

 
 
 

Bios


Mary Anne Harmer

Mary Anne brings passion and energy towards improving the physical, emotional and spiritual health of ALL individuals, families and communities across the spectrum of economics and cultures.  She has held a number of leadership positions including Director of Marketing at Legacy Health System, Corporate Director of Marketing at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Director of Emerging Markets (the Latino Initiative) at Regence, and Director of Outreach and Marketing at Oregon’s Health Insurance CO-OP.   In the non-profit world, she was Executive Director of Healthy Communities, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mary Anne served as Executive Strategist at DOJO agency, a branding agency with a focus on health and nonprofit clients.

Mary Anne has served on numerous nonprofit boards and national advisory Committees. Her involvement includes the City of Beaverton, Human Rights Advisory Commission, Wallace Medical Concern, Region X Health Equity Council, the African American Health Coalition, Coalition for Livable Future, and Community Advisory Committee for Oregon’ Office of Equity and Inclusion. 

She is the co-author of the book, Putting Soul Into Business: How the Benefit Corporation is Transforming American Business and 25 Building Blocks to Create a Conscientious Organization. An Honors Graduate of the University of Oregon, Mary Anne also holds a graduate level public health certificate from Portland State University. She speaks Italian and conversational Spanish.


Tom Hering

Tom has worked as a creative director, copywriter and brand strategist. Before starting his strategic marketing communications firm, he worked for well-regarded agencies in the NW as copywriter, and creative director. He attracts clients who place high values on collaboration, creativity and responsiveness. Tom has guided various projects for highly respected national and regional companies such as Nike, Intel, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, NorPac Foods, Boyd’s Coffee Company, Wild Oats Natural Markets and Oregon State University.

His background includes work with major healthcare organizations including Providence Health Systems, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Oregon's Health Insurance CO-OP, The Corvallis Clinic, Broadway Medical Clinic as well as Good Samaritan Hospitals in Corvallis and Portland. His nonprofit experience involves work for ImpactNW, Wallace Medical Concern, Loaves and Fishes, Project H.E.R. (Susan G. Komen grant) and Oregon Special Olympics.

He currently serves as a board member for the Oregon Small Business Fair as well as the advocacy co-chair for the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, an organization dedicated to fighting generational poverty. He is the co-author of the book, Putting Soul Into Business: How the Benefit Corporation is Transforming American Business and 25 Building Blocks to Create a Conscientious Organization.

Tom has received Clios, Addys, Tellys and Rosies awards for the work he has created. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism.