Senior PR Consultant

As senior PR consultant, Mary has more than 40 years of experience developing and directing internal and external communications programs. She founded Lilja Communications in 1988 and relishes bringing her strong strategic and writing skills to Lilja clients. 


An avid reader and writer, her articles and observations about life have been published in MinnPost, Minnesota Business, Star Tribune, Minnesota Women's Press and St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Mary has served on several boards over the years, including AAA Minneapolis, where she served two terms as board chair; Episcopal House of Prayer; Airport Foundation MSP; and Episcopal Homes, an organization founded by her ancestor, Sister Annette Relf. She enjoys yoga, hiking, canoeing, skiing, and singing with her grandchildren and with the Edina Chorale. She and her husband, Mike, have three terrific children, six amazing grandkids and one spoiled cat (that still lives at home). As a recent breast cancer survivor, she is making a practice of daily gratitude — while she adjusts to having gray, curly hair after years of it being brown and straight!


Mary was named an Industry Leader at Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2011 Women in Business Awards


Favorite book: "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell

Reading & recommending now: Anything by Kristin Hannah and "The Overstory" by Richard Powers

Favorite movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"

Binge-watching now: “Last Tango in Halifax”

Six-word memoir: Words were always easy for her.

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