Mary E. Foley

Mary E. Foley MS, RN, is the Associate Director in the Center for Research and Nursing Innovation at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Project Director for the Betty Moore CalNOC Nurse-Related Outcomes Measurement Initiative. In 2003 she was a Regents Lecturer at UCSF and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Masters Entry Program for Nursing. Prior to that she was a part-time clinical faculty member at San Francisco State University School of Nursing and was the faculty adviser for the student nurses association at the school.

Mary is a past president of the American Nurses Association, a full time position she held from January 2000-June 2002. Prior to the ANA office of President Mary was employed for 19 years at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, a member of Catholic Healthcare West. She was a medical-surgical staff nurse at Saint Francis for 17 years. In 1997, she became the Director of Nursing and Safety Officer.

A registered nurse for over 30 years, Foley has been active in the health care policy arena. She continues to write and lecture about health care policy, improving the workplace, promoting safe care, and worker health and safety. Foley was named for two years as one of the top 100 "most powerful" in US healthcare system by Modern Healthcare, and was one of the first nurses on the list. She continues as a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors and as an advisory member of the Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps). She is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). At UCSF Mary is a member of the local STTI chapter board and serves on the Nursing Alumni Association Board. She is an appointed member of the Health Professions Task Force, an advisory body to the International Joint Commission, which has environmental oversight regarding the Canada and US border. She is a member of the Glide Clinic Oversight Board in San Francisco and is a member of the board of trustees of the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association. She also serves as a project consultant for the Training for the Development of Innovative Control Technology (TDICT) Project. Previous appointments include the California Tuberculosis Elimination Task Force in the Department of Health Services, the Mayor's HIV Task Force for the City of San Francisco, and California’s RN Special Advisory Committee on the Nursing Shortage for the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Foley has held numerous elected and appointed positions with the ANA at both the state and national levels. She currently serves on the ANA Political Action Committee as Treasurer, and is the ANA/California Vice President from 2004-2007. In that role, she serves as an advisor to the board and a liaison from ANA/C. Mary served as the official representative from the United States at the 1997, 1999 and 2001 meetings of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Her professional organizational involvement began with the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), where she served as president in 1974-1975. She is the first NSNA past-president to be elected ANA President.

Foley received her nursing diploma in 1973 from New England Deaconness Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN in 1976 from Boston University School of Nursing in Massachusetts, and her Master's of Science in Nursing Administration and Occupational Health from the University of California in San Francisco in 1994. She is currently enrolled at UCSF in the PhD Nursing Policy track.