Mary Walshok


Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, researcher and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego.

She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth including: Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth (2013); Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013); Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014); and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015). 

An industrial sociologist studying the dynamics of regional economic transformation, Walshok has researched various communities with support from the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF and the Lilly Endowments.

She oversees a $50 million, 200-employee division that annually serves more than 65,000 enrollees through innovative local and online programs, including UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reach more than 22 million households.

She is the co-founder of the internationally recognized CONNECT and currently serves on the boards of San Diego CONNECT, the La Jolla Playhouse and the Girard Foundation.