Mary Brandt oversees Ergo Editorial’s corporate processes, coordinating project management and editorial support of writers and editors with the firm’s legal and finance requirements. Prior to Ergo Editorial, Mary worked for several years as a London-based book editor for Quarto Publishing Group, an international publishing house. As a freelance journalist, she authored three books — each published by Quarto — and won awards writing on business and travel topics for several U.K. and U.S. publications.
Following a long, slow journey around North and East Africa, which included a two-year stint teaching high school English in Sudan (and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro), Mary returned stateside to become director of a social services agency providing educational support for low-income immigrant families. But after seven years, she returned to publishing, editing several books, including the “Hardly Working” series and “The Art of Quitting” for Simon & Schuster.
With a long commitment to South Sudanese refugees – the “Lost Boys of Sudan” – she has volunteered since 2004 with an organization focused on education and providing social services to young, orphaned refugees resettled in this country. Mary earned a B.Sc. in anthropology from Grinnell College with a specialization in primate (gorilla) behavior, and considers the work of raising two sons and her husband a continuation of her studies.