Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She was one of the first women to be hired at UC San Diego in a senior academic position, has done extensive research and writing on women in the economy, including a seminal book, Blue Collar Women, published by Doubleday in the 1990s. She is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics.
She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth including books: Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America’s Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community (1995); Closing America’s Job Gap: How to Grow Companies and Land Good Jobs in the Age of Innovation (2011); Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth (2013); Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013); Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014); and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015). She was a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow from 1982-85 and has received numerous awards for her work both in the United States and abroad.
An industrial sociologist studying the dynamics of regional economic transformation, Walshok has researched various communities with support from the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF, Lilly Endowments, as well as the Spencer and Smith Richardson Foundations.
Walshok oversees a $50 million, 200-employee, self-funded continuing and professional education, UCSD Extension at UC San Diego which annually serves more than 120,000 enrollees through innovative local and online programs, including UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reach over 5 million viewers and has more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers.
She is the co-founder of the internationally recognized CONNECT. She was on the founding boards of LEAD San Diego and the Smart Border Coalition. She currently serves on the boards of CONNECT, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the Smart Border Coalition, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Girard Foundation. She served 11 years on the board of the San Diego Foundation of which she was chair for two years. She also served six years as a member of the California Council for the Humanities among numerous other education and arts related committees and commissions.