Marie T. Oates, Principal of Boston PR Group, Inc.
Marie oversees all of Boston PR Group's operations. Her firm assists companies and foundations with strategic communications and development projects. Her client list includes a mix of foundations, medical and biotech firms, as well as market research and communication companies. She is also experienced in helping national organizations with media and message training. Her work experience includes serving as the Executive Director of Bayridge, a Boston center for university and professional women; she also served as Manager of Publications and Research at Deaconess Hospital, and sold advertising for the Boston Herald.
Marie is an avid writer. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, the National Review and a number of other publications. She has also held writing and editorial positions for several publications. In 2004, she published her first novel, Erin's Song. Her second book, Women of Opus Dei: In Their Own Words (Crossroad Publishing), was published in April 2009. Thousands of copies have been sold and a Spanish edition will soon be available.
Marie serves and has served on several boards, including the Child Care Careers Institute, The Rosemoor Foundation, Fisherman Foundation, and Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center. She has served as the President of the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and as a member of the AMWA national board of directors. She served on the Organizing Committee and obtained significant funding for "Bold New Era for Cardiovascular Research", a national conference which brought together top researchers and clinicians from around the country to discuss cardiovascular disease, with a special emphasis on how it affects women and minorities.
She also served on the Council for Women at Boston College. Marie began the Ayer Mansion (the only Louis Comfort Tiffany designed mansion in Boston) Restoration Campaign for which she assembled a world class advisory board and helped raise over $1 million in restoration and endowment funds. The Ayer Mansion was recently declared a National Landmark Building, and the restoration project has received several historic preservation awards. She currently serves on the Communications Advisory Committee for the Graduate Management Admission Council.
Marie has volunteered as a consultant for the Rosedale Achievement Center in the Bronx, NY, an inner city center dedicated to helping less privileged girls and women attain needed educational helps and marketable skills. She also founded a tutoring program with Harvard University students for Cambridge inner city high school girls at North Cambridge Catholic High School. She has provided pro bono consulting services for the Metro Achievement Center for young women in Chicago, which provides inner city girls and women with added academic training. She also helped found a teen radio talk show, A Voice in the Crowd, which aired on three stations in CT for several years. She holds a BA in English from Boston College and a Master's in Journalism from Boston University.