In 2022, Mary de Wysocki was named the first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer of Cisco. In this role, she leads the company’s sustainability strategy; oversees its progress toward public environmental goals; and helps Cisco drive long-term value for the business, its value chain, and the planet. With nearly twenty years of experience leading various corporate social responsibility (CSR), education, and sustainability initiatives at Cisco, Mary plays an integral role in executing the company's purpose to Power an Inclusive Future for All. She draws on her diverse background in legal training, strategic consulting, and on-the-ground program management to help Cisco invest in impact-driven programs that enable social change and reimagine how technology and sustainability interact with the corporate world. Mary currently leads Cisco’s commitment to positively impact 1 billion lives by 2025 through its social impact grants and signature programs for non-profit organizations all over the world. To date, 848 million people have been positively impacted between 2016 and 2022.
Mary stewards Cisco’s efforts with a deep commitment to community and making a positive impact on the world and those around her. Her program development approach is anchored in proprietary research, which informs how technology can transform business and helps identify effective ways to address skills gaps and minimize displacement. In 2016, Mary helped launch the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, which awards $1 million in prize money each year to entrepreneurs who are using technology to help make the world a better, more sustainable place.
Mary is a Trustee of the Cisco Foundation and Harambeans, a member of the World Economic Forum, and a Board Member and Vice Chair of MIND Research.