The deputy chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth City Council is taking a new job as the executive director of the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate.
MaryAnn Means-Dufrene, 35, has been with the city for two years and has managed several city programs, including the mayor’s SteerFW program for emerging leaders, the FitWorth Healthy City Imitative and the city’s rolling and walking town halls.
“It has been such an incredible opportunity working with the mayor and having an impact on so many different fronts,” Means-Dufrene said. “With Susan G. Komen, I have the opportunity to continue that focus on health and wellness, but get to specialize and really put all my energy behind a cause that is very important to me and my family.”
Means-Dufrene said both her mother and grandmother are breast cancer survivors. She will start her new position with the nonprofit on Oct. 20.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and master’s degrees in public administration and human resource management from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Means-Dufrene was named named in the Fort Worth Business Press’ 40 under 40 list in 2014.
“Her local community connections and varied professional background, coupled with her leadership skills, will be invaluable to the organization as she works to fulfill the Komen promise of ‘ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, energizing science to find the cures and ensuring quality care for all people,’” said JoanKatz and Suzanne Sanders, co-chairs of the search committee for Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate in a statement.