Mary Krane, MSW ’71

When Mary Krane (MSW ’71) became Executive Director of GSSW’s Bridge Project in 1997, she’d already had a long career with the City and County of Denver, beginning as a caseworker in 1967 and concluding with eight years as Manager of the Department of Social Services. A member of numerous non-profit boards, Krane also cofounded, and served as president of, the Colorado Alliance for the Mentally Ill. During her subsequent 13 years with Bridge, Krane dramatically increased the program’s presence in the lives of children and their families in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods. Bridge expanded from one site to four sites under her leadership. Krane received a 2009 Wall of Fame Award from the Denver Housing Authority for her efforts to bring education resources to residents and encourage the attainment of a higher education.