Mary Ellen Stanek, Arts ’78, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 1999, served as vice chair from 2003 to 2006, served as chair of the board from 2006 to 2009, and is presently a vice chair.
She has 33 years of investment management experience, currently serving as managing director and director of asset management for Robert W. Baird & Co. and chief investment officer of Baird Advisors. Additionally, she serves as president of Baird Funds. Previously she had served as president and chief executive officer of Firstar Investment Research & Management Co.
Mary Ellen is responsible for the development and portfolio management of all proprietary asset management services. She co-manages several fixed income mutual funds as well as a number of taxable and tax-exempt portfolios.
Mary Ellen is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Committee (chair), Milwaukee 7 (co-chair), Tempo (past president) and Professional Dimensions. She serves on the boards of Robert W. Baird & Co., Journal Communications, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company and Wisconsin Energy Corporation. She also serves on the boards of Boys & Girls Clubs (past board chair), Children's Hospital Foundation, Medical College of Wisconsin, Junior Achievement and United Way. She has co-chaired annual campaigns for the United Performing Arts Fund and the United Way.
Mary Ellen has received the Marquette University Alumna of the Year Award (2010), the Marquette University College of Arts and Sciences Person for Others Award, Marquette University High School's Spirit of St. Ignatius Award, the St. Francis Children’s Service Award, the Tempo Mentor Award, the Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Point of Light Award, Professional Dimensions Sacagawea Award, Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Distinguished Executive Award and Baird's Brenton H. Rupple Citizenship Award. She and her husband were named "Parents of the Year" by COA Youth and Family Centers. In 2012 she received the MVP Award from Boys & Girls Clubs.
Mary Ellen and her husband, Scott, have three children: Peter (Erin), Katie, and Patrick.
She is a member of the Marquette University President's Society and the Marquette University Legacy Society.