MaryAnn Black, MSW, LCSW
Associate Vice President for Community Relations
MaryAnn Black, MSW, LCSW, serves as Associate Vice President for Community Relations for the Duke University Health System, where she works to establish partnerships with the city, the county and other agencies and organizations to benefit every citizen regardless of race, background or financial status. She is a valuable link between the health system and the diverse communities it serves. She has already initiated many strategies to enhance the health system’s relationship with local government, community leaders, the faith communities and other groups that support the health and human service needs for the people of Durham.
Black is a leading advocate for health and human services with a background as a social worker specializing in psychotherapy with children and their families. She was named the 1994 “Social Worker of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers. Her experience was further heightened in the political arena during her lengthy tenure and strong leadership as a Durham County Commissioner from 1990 to 2002, and as the Chair of the Durham County Commissioners from 1996 to 2002.
Black has been characterized as “a good representative of Durham...a thoughtful voice for moderation and a public official who has skillfully practiced the act of compromise.” She was President of the Durham Downtown Rotary and the first female Chair of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Board (2006). Black has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Durham County Hospital Corporation Board, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Board, Durham Downtown Rotary, Durham Performing Arts Center Oversight Committee, Triangle Community Foundation Board, North Carolina Social Services Commission, SunTrust Board of Advisors, Research Triangle Regional Partnership Board, Durham Public Schools Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council, RBA Partnership for a Healthy Durham, and North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission.
Black holds a master's degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a bachelor of arts degree from Benedict College in Columbia, SC. Black has provided Durham families with professional service for more than 30 years as an accomplished clinical social worker. In 1994, she was named “Social Worker of the Year” by the State of North Carolina and later the same year by the National Association of Social Workers.
Black has received numerous awards for work in the community during her career. Her most recent awards include being honored by the Durham Chapter of Charms 2014, the Samuel DuBois Cook Society 2008, Distinguished Service Award, the Family and Children’s Services 2007, Community Service Award 2006, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Circle of Influence Diversity Award 2005, Women-In-Action Elna B. Spaulding Founder’s Award, and 2005 Triangle Business Journal Top 25 Outstanding Women in Business.