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Mary Walshok - UC San Diego. San Diego, CA, US

Mary Walshok Mary Walshok

Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, Dean of UC San Diego Extension and Adjunct Professor of Sociology | UC San Diego


She is a thought leader and subject matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth.





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Rethinking America’s Talent Crisis | Mary Walshok | TEDxSanDiego




Dr. Mary Walshok is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She is a thought leader and subject matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She is the author of six books and more than 100 articles and reports on regional innovation, the role of research institutions in regional economies and workforce development. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles on the world of work, including: Blue Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America's Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community (1995), Closing America's Job Gap (2011) and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego's Entrepreneurial Economy (2013). As an industrial social scientist studying the dynamics of regional economic development and transformation, Walshok has studied various communities across America. She has evaluated 13 WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, studied three innovative regions for a National Science Foundation-funded project, and assessed one region’s efforts to grow an industry for a Lilly Foundation-funded endeavor.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Economic Growth


Public Speaking

Strategic Planning

Program Management

Gig Economy

Worker Behavior

Accomplishments (1)


In May 2002, she was decorated with the rank of Knighthood, First Class, of the Order of the Polar Star by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, "in recognition of her significant contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Sweden".[4] She has earlier received a Kellogg Foundation national fellowship.

Education (2)

Indiana University, Bloomington: M.A., & Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology 1969

Pomona College: B.A., M.A., & Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology 1964

Media Appearances (4)

UCSD, National City plan to work on opening a hub in the South Bay City

San Diego Union-Tribune  online


“The trolley will become a corridor,” said Mary Walshok, dean of UC San Diego Extension. "(National City) is another pearl on the necklace.”

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Who can argue with a $5 million donation to promote civility?

San Diego Union-Tribune  online


UC San Diego associate Vice Chancellor Mary Walshok presented longtime civic leader Malin Burnham with the National Conflict Resolution Center’s 2019 “Philanthropy in Peacemaking” award.

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'Flagship' high-rise housing, UCSD project starts downtown

San Diego Union-Tribune  online


Mary Walshok, the associate vice chancellor who led the drive to open an outpost downtown, said the second floor of the building will be set aside as a “talent accelerator” where startup entrepreneurs can get advanced training and advice on how to grow their companies.

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UCSD-TV creators had big dreams for small screen

San Diego Union-Tribune  online


Just ask Mary Walshok, the station’s general manager and UC San Diego Extension dean, who made it her mission to share the intellectual life of a public research university with the actual public through the medium of television. Two decades later, with two TV channels and websites sharing content from throughout the University of California with viewers and web surfers around the world, it’s clear she’s accomplished far more than anyone could’ve envisioned back in 1993.

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