Director of Finance & Operations
MaryAnne Shih became involved in the out-of-school time field when she began volunteering at the United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County in 2008 after graduating from college. It was there where she witnessed how the children in the program connected with staff and how even she, as a volunteer, made an impact on their lives.
Growing up as an only child and in a single parent household, afterschool programs and activities were MaryAnne’s only outlet. To her mother, it was a place for her to know where MaryAnne was, but for MaryAnne, it was a place to find herself and her interests and to grow as an individual. Now as a mother of two, MaryAnne knows that soon her children will be attending out-of-school time programs, and that these programs will be an important influence on her children’s character and values.
After receiving a B.A. in Business Economics with an emphasis on Accounting in 2007, MaryAnne began her career in the nonprofit accounting field as the Financial Accountant for the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association. She enjoyed the nonprofit accounting field, but after her involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, she wanted to work with an organization that focused on youth development. In 2013, MaryAnne returned home to the Bay Area and began working at CuriOdyssey, a science and wildlife center for children and joined CalSAC as the Director of Finance and Operations in 2016. MaryAnne is ecstatic and inspired to be part of an organization that provides tools and resources to enhance skills and strengthen capacity for those in the out-of-school time field because she believes it’s essential to provide positive role models for children. When MaryAnne is not working, you will find her spending quality time with her husband, two kids, and dog.