Mary Jane Rynd
President and CEO
Known for her dynamic leadership, with humanity and humility at the heart of all she does, Mary Jane Rynd had the great fortune to work with Virginia Galvin Piper, serving as her tax advisor and helping to establish the charitable legacy and Trust that bears her name. As president and CEO, Mary Jane leads the Trust’s mission to enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County.
Mary Jane joined Piper Trust in 2001 as its first CFO and then as Executive Vice President overseeing all financial, operational, and programmatic aspects of the foundation. Her stewardship of the Trust continually strengthens its sound financial position—enabling the Trust to reach more than $650 million in grantmaking to date, while maintaining a highly resilient corpus.
Prior to joining the Trust, she was a partner with KPMG and also Rynd, Carneal & Ewing. A former CPA, she continues her participation as a long-time member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership serving on the Arts and Culture Task Force and the Social Impact Committee; she also serves on the Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation Board. Throughout her career she has served on boards and committees for numerous nonprofit and for-profit organizations such as the audit committee of the Foundation Financial Officers Group, Arizona Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Valley Leadership, to name a few. She was named one of the "48 Most Intriguing Women" by the Arizona Historical Society (2022) and recognized as an Outstanding CFO by Phoenix Business Journal (2013).
Mary Jane holds a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
“I learned from the example set by Virginia Galvin Piper, this extraordinary woman of grace and character, witnessing firsthand her honor, loyalty, integrity, and commitment to her husband Paul Galvin’s path of philanthropy. We uphold her legacy daily as we empower people to believe in themselves, achieving more than they imagined possible.”