Mary Frances Pearson is chairman of the board for IAU. She is a former Partner of Global Public Policy at Ernst & Young (EY). In her most recent EY role, she worked with the profession to help develop policy during the recent financial crisis in the United States and in Europe.
After earning her JD degree, Ms. Pearson went to work for the IRS and later held a senior level role on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance where she helped lead the effort to draft and pass the Tax Reform Act of 1986. She joined EY's tax practice in 1987 and rose quickly to become one of the firm’s first female tax partners. As a Partner in the National Tax Practice, she consulted with clients on international tax issues.
Ms. Pearson has her JD and MLT and has published several international tax and treaty articles for professional publications. She also volunteers for animal rescue and is an alumna of IAU (1974-75), has served on the board since 1998 and currently is board chair.