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I grew up in San Marino, California and earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. At USC I ran cross country and track for two years before shifting my focus to Accounting and Greek Life leadership, serving as President of the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Following graduation, I joined Deloitte, spending time in both the Los Angeles and Phoenix offices. I obtained my CPA license in the state of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. I spent 8 years in professional sports as Controller for the Phoenix Suns and Sr. Manager of Financial Reporting for the San Francisco 49ers. Upon returning to Phoenix, I worked in ascending management positions, including Corporate Controller for a large not-for-profit and CFO for a subsidiary of a large public company where I was promoted to CAO at the parent company level.

Joining the team at Embark is definitely the best decision I have made in my career. The opportunities to grow are never-ending and the people are second to none! The joy of being surrounded by people who challenge and support me to be my whole and best self everyday is something I can't articulate in words. It's a feeling, one that I am excited to wake up to every single day! As CPO, I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to continuously elevate the care we provide for our team members, our clients, and our communities.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't explicitly acknowledge the love, support, and care of my family.
My husband, Duane, and my daughters, Eleanor and Harper, are my why. They have been welcomed into Embark with the same level of care as I have and that means more to me than I could every express. Most evenings you will find us at the local gymnastics studio, softball fields, or our local go-to restaurants. And when I am not at one of these places, you most definitely can find me on the Peloton leaderboard (@MaryPHX) with the hashtag #EmbarkWithUs! Join me for a ride! Together we go far!

Mary Thompson

Chief People Officer

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