Mari Schwartzer

Director of Shareholder Activism and Engagement

About Mari

Mari joined NorthStar in 2008 and has been in her role as Director of Shareholder Activism and Engagement since 2011. With over a decade of experience in shareholder activism, Mari helps NorthStar create positive social change using our clients’ investments in publicly traded companies. Mari engages directly with company leadership on a wide range of issues that affect communities, employees, and the environment by targeting issues that fall into our firm’s five core focus areas: race & gender, economic inequality, human rights, environmental justice, and corporate governance.

In recent years, Mari and others on the NorthStar team have engaged companies in our client portfolios on issues such as LGBTQ rights, board and senior management diversity, the human right to water, corporate political contributions, employee representation on boards, systemic racism, and prison labor. (Learn more about our shareholder activism here.)

Mari was a lead researcher and co-author of NorthStar’s publication on prison labor, “Prison Labor in the United States: An Investor Perspective.” As she performs in-depth research on issues of interest to NorthStar and our clients, Mari also contributes to the investment team’s discussions of social and environmental issues in public equity market.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, as well as a master’s degree from Simmons College. Mari volunteers with Jewish Family Services, an organization focused on welcoming, teaching, and empowering new refugee families that are settling in the western Massachusetts area.