From a tobacco plantation to Deputy Mayor of Lakewood – how Mary Moss got to where she is today. Sponsored by Harborstone Credit Union.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. – From growing up on a tobacco farm to becoming deputy mayor of Lakewood – Mary Moss has lived many lives.
“I grew up on a tobacco farm in Virginia,” Moss said, sitting in an office at Lakewood City Hall. “I grew up with two loving parents. I have four brothers and a sister. And we lived on a red dirt road.”
Moss always wanted to be a leader, but as a kid it didn’t seem possible.
“My first goal was to be a nurse. Because back then the only professions for women were either education or nursing,” Moss said.
But life led her to marry her husband, whose military career took them to the United States – then, when she was approaching forty-five and working as a sales manager, she decided on something.
“And one day it hit me. When I’m forty-five, I don’t want to be on my feet all day,” Moss said.
That’s what led her to a job at Harborstone Credit Union – a job that spanned the entire company and lasted thirty-six years. She started as a cashier and worked in all departments except collections.
“Harborstone means everything to me,” Moss said. “If it hadn’t been for Harborstone, I don’t know if I would be the person I am today.”
Moss attributes the credit union’s commitment to its community to its success.
“You know, the mission of the credit union is for people to help others,” she said. “And that philosophy was easy for me to achieve, because that’s how I grew up. My parents always taught us to always look out for each other, to help each other, to give back, because you you won’t go where you’re going in life on your own.”
And after thirty-six years in Harborstone, Moss achieved her ultimate goal – in 2010, she became deputy mayor of Lakewood. And from there, she created the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition, a group that organizes events celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Harborstone supports the work of the LMCC because fairness is one of its core values. They are committed to addressing inequality and injustice in their community and country and act as trusted allies of the LMCC.
“They have a diversity team that we coordinate and work with,” Moss said. “They have been a great sponsor and supporter for us.”
Now, Moss strives to bring impactful events to the Lakewood community and effect positive change in the place she calls home.
“And a tobacco field? I never dreamed of being here,” she said. “But I can say with certainty that my dream as a leader has come true.”
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