Mary Lawyer is an Iowa native and holds a BBA in business administration from Iowa State University and has an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Mary joined Wellmark in October of 2015 after leading the implementation of the Iowa Blue Zones Project for Healthways. As Wellmark's director of community health improvement she leads the Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark initiative. The Healthy Hometown initiative partners with Iowa and South Dakota communities wanting to implement permanent changes to environment, policy, and implement principles of behavioral economics to drive well-being improvement and make the healthy choice the easy choice for citizens. Mary's work is an outgrowth of Wellmark's sustainability goal of health care cost trend being no greater than the consumer price index. Mary was named executive director of The Wellmark Foundation in July 2020.
Mary serves as Iowa's Honorary Consul for Canada. Prior to her community health improvement work Mary was involved in economic development throughout Iowa. She worked at the Iowa Department of Economic Development for sixteen years serving in many capacities including Director. She was also president of the Des Moines Partnership's Downtown Community Alliance.