November 20, 2019

Distinguished consultant to help guide future of MHWFAC

Well-known industry consultant Mary Jane Marchisotto has been hired by the University of Michigan’s Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center to help shape Phase 2 of the center’s growth and position it as an international authority in the research arena.

Marchisotto, who now runs the New York-based MJM Advisory, LLC, previously was Senior Vice President of Research and International at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), which is considered the premier non-profit advocacy organization in the food allergy arena. 

Her leadership at FARE includes co-creation of the organization’s annual Research Retreat; raising equity and the Series A financing for Allergen Research Corporation (now Aimmune); organizing and managing the FARE Clinical Network of  33 sites across the United States; supervising FARE's research grant portfolio including the FARE Career Award Program; managing the launch and implementation of the FARE patient registry, and writing and managing the highly productive PCORI Eugene Washington Community Engagement Award.

In addition, she serves as Chair of the Patient Organizations Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and is a member of the National Peanut Board Food Allergy Advisory Council.  She is also a member of the Adverse Reactions Committee of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), and served on the Sharing Clinical Trial Data Action Collaborative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

“Ms. Marchisotto is one of the most widely recognized individuals in the food allergy field,” said James R. Baker, MD, director of the food allergy center.  “She has held national and international leadership positions in both public policy and research.  At the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, she will boost our worldwide communications about food allergies and will advance the center’s research and public policy agendas.”

One of her key initiatives will be in focusing on and communicating the accomplishments of the first five-year of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, and detailing plans for Phase 2.

Established in 2014 with a $10 million gift from the Weiser family, who are longtime benefactors of the University of Michigan, the center’s mission is to improve the lives of food allergic individuals by conducting comprehensive food allergy-related research that will significantly improve patient care and expand food allergy education, research and community services.

“In five short years the center has become a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary program with an impressive array of faculty conducting important scientific discovery, and is well positioned to branch out to new endeavors involving other areas of expertise at U-M,” said Marchisotto.  “I’m delighted to partner with these dedicated researchers and problem solvers, and look forward to helping shape the second phase of the center’s growth.”

Looking forward, Marchisotto will work with the center’s management and faculty to hone a detailed plan for the coming five years, including multidisciplinary science, an international research symposium and accelerated strategic communications. 

Before her work in the food allergy field, Marchisotto spent more than 30 years in the financial services industry, concentrating on financial management issues and on the development of internal best practices. Highlights of her finance career include executive roles at institutions such as Morgan Stanley and Citibank.

She is a graduate of Wells College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA, with honors in Finance, from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.