Mary Schoen-Clark

Mary Schoen-Clark has extensive experience in human service delivery work that includes the development of affordable housing, energy assistance, Head Start, and youth employment programs. Currently Mary Schoen-Clark is the Executive Director of Oregon Coast Communty Action with a staff of approximately 180 and an operating budget of 9 million.

Mary Schoen-Clark has received national recognition as a housing expert and was appointed to the Iowa Governor’s 2000 Housing Task force spear-heading the tax credit set aside for the “hard to house” households at or below 40% of Area Median Income, 2001. She then developed Quarton Place and Ann’s Gables show casing this new ‘no debt, service self funded model to serve very low-income households. She was honored with the McAuley Institute’s “Courage in Community” Award in 1997. Under Schoen-Clark’s leadership, in just 12 years, MAHP, a housing development corporation, grew from one employee and an intern with a $40,000 budget, to 43 employees, a $7 million annual budget managing over 500 units of affordable housing.  MAHP acting as project developer and construction general also construct over 100 single-family homes for home ownership and provide home ownership education.


 In recent years Mary Schoen-Clark served as Chief Executive Officer of Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA). Under her leadership ORCCA experienced significant growth in both programs and facilities.  Accomplishments included the $10 million development of a new Child and Family Resource Center and the first ever Regional Food Bank to serve Oregon’s South Coast. Other community development projects accomplished in her tenure included a Food Distribution Hub in Myrtle Point and a Family Domestic Violence Shelter in North Bend both with solar panels installed to lower the energy expenses of the facilities and preserve resources for operations.

Under Mary Schoen-Clark’s leadership ORCCA was able to increase services to clients even as the community and the country felt the effects of the great Wall Street recession expanding it’s resources to serve the community from $4 million to over $9 million annually. In addition, over 20 community jobs were created though ORCCA’s energy & green initiatives, $350,000 in local wages and $1 million in supplies purchased with the installation of solar panels on one of ORCCA’s affordable housing projects, Park West Apartments.

Mary Schoen-Clark’s background as an Oregon State University graduate in Child Development and Family Life shines though in her effort to increase services to children and families, including new afterschool and summer program offerings and the Expansion of Head Start by 36 slots, for a 10% increase in children served.   She launched the new "I am for the child" campaign for CASA and worked with the County to host a workshop for teens that are aging out of the foster care system.  CASA offered new volunteer trainings and served a total of 211 kids. Mary also piloted the states first Share Bear Snack Pack program providing supplemental food to more than 700 children annually. To support the growing need for Homeless families, Home Now, a transitional housing program for homeless families was initiated.

ORCCA’s growth was accompanied by recognition of its high standards. Under Mary Schoen-Clark the agency was certified for the first time as a Better Business Bureau Charity and named AmeriCorps "Sponsor of the Year" for the Pacific region. Energy Education AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corp team members developed classes on sustainability and energy education, which they presented at 3 elementary schools in Coos Bay.  Highlighting energy education and water conservation, they tutored 302 elementary students through 23 classes. A visit by Oregon’s first Lady Cylvia Hayes and honorable Arnie Roblan to celebrate the completion of ORCCA’s new Child and Family Resource Center honored ORCCA’s progress.  This was high praise coming from the leading proponent of Oregon’s Anti-Poverty initiative.


Mary Schoen-Clark seems to have housing and development in her blood, as she followed her great-grandmother’s and her grandfather’s footsteps as the head of a housing organization.  Mrs. E. Schoen Morgan was the President of Schoen-Morgan Co., Inc. in the late 1800’s.  Advertising for the company states that it was “A complete building organization comprised of skilled artisans, mechanics and dealers in materials and equipment linked together in a cooperative spirit, making home ownership a reality.”  Schoen Morgan Co., Inc. built homes across the Midwest centered in Indiana. Mary Schoen-Clark has surpassed Great-Grandmother and Grandfather’s company through sheer number of families helped and the scope of her work.  Great-Grandmother would be proud.

Mary Schoen-Clark's Background

Mary Schoen-Clark's Experience

Development Director at Hawkeye Area Community Action Program

1987 - 1992 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Development Director, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Cedar Rapids Iowa. 1988-1992. Responsible for agency planning and the development of programming to address the community’s unmet housing and human service needs, including the development of one of the nation’s first Transitional Housing for Homeless Families – “Inn-Circle”, encircling families with the best our community has to offer. Prepared grants, reports, solicited donations, and recruited volunteers for specific projects and boards/policy councils. Coordinated community and public relations including the development of the Homeless Children’s Trust Fund.

President at MidAmerica Housing Partnership

1992 - 2002 | Cedar Rapids Iowa

• Founding President and CEO in 1992, developed MAHP as a spin off Community Housing Development Corporation from Hawkeye Area Community Action operating within Cedar Rapids to a full service development, construction, and property management corporation working across Iowa. MAHP employed 42 full time personnel with an annual payroll of $957,157 with an annual production budget of over $8 million.

Mercy Housing Regional Director and Consulting at Mercy Housing

2002 - 2004 | Indianapolis

• Executed an Opportunity Assessment of the Indianapolis housing market in collaboration with St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services, a member of Ascension Health. • Entered the market by providing consulting services to the partner hospital and supporting the development of a new Community Development Corporation. • Housing projects focused on disabled populations and households at 40% area median income and below in partnership with Multi Service Center, a full service social service agency. Projects funding sources include City HOME, Federal HOME Loan Bank, Tax Credits and market rate loan.

Chief Executive Officer at Oregon Coast Community Action

2006 - Present | Coos Bay, Oregon

Mary Schoen-Clark acts as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization Programs include: Head Start where we serve over 450 infants to four-year-olds in Coos and Curry Counties with educational services. Other children’s programs include Court Appointed Special Advocate, CASA and Great Afternoons, a full service birth to elderly program in Reedsport. South Coast Food Share: where, in partnership with 31 member organizations, we provide food for over 1500 food boxes and 4000 meals per month totaling 2 million pounds of food annually. Essential Services and Housing Assistance Programs provides secure affordable housing for over 160 families a year. Energy Assistance Program provides support to help households deal with increasing energy costs with cash assistance and ways to lower usage, including the weatherization of over 42 homes a year. Home Now emergency shelter for homeless families.

Mary Schoen-Clark's Education

Canbridge Institute

1999 – 1999

Meeting Facilitation/Consensus Decision Making

Concentration: Facilitation and Consensus Decision Making

Saint Ambrose University

1996 – 1996


Concentration: Business

Oregon State University

Bachelor of Science

Concentration: Human Development and Family Life

Portland Community College

1980 – 1984

Emergency Medical Technician

Concentration: Emergency Medical Technology

Mary Schoen-Clark's Interests & Activities

Small houses, creative uses for recycled items, geocaching with my kids, teaching my kids to cook, clean organize and think! TED Talks!