Mary Youngblood is a seasoned IT professional whose successful career spans several decades. She has expertise in email deliverability, IT security, compliance laws, team leadership, people management, client relationships, ISP networking and relations, product design and implementations, project management, media relations, and MTA management. Mary is known for her technical prowess and process-driven approach, and she enjoys learning and discovering new things. She is skilled at both leading teams and contributing as a team member.
Among her many accomplishments, Mary is best known for her pioneering work in the fight against spam and cybercrime. She was one of the first IT professionals to aggressively pursue legal and criminal actions against spammers, which led to the imposition of monetary fines and prison sentences for the worst offenders. This helped to change public perception about the industry's ability to tackle the problem of cybercrime, and it brought valuable positive publicity to Mary's company, EarthLink.
Mary has deep connections within the IT industry, thanks to her role in helping found the original AMEY (AOL, Microsoft, EarthLink, and Yahoo) alliance, which eventually evolved into the MAAWG (Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group), an industry standard-setting body. She has also held high-level positions at well-known companies such as Adobe, Publishing Services (an Agora company), Teradata, and Epsilon, where she worked as Director of Deliverability and Director of Deliverability Operations.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Agriculture Operations Management from the University of Florida.