Mary Anne Lanier is President of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of her father, the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, and a global leader in sustainability.
Prior to assuming her current role as President for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Lanier spent 12 years with Interface’s Sustainable Operations Team, managing the Interface Environmental Education Grants program, the company’s SocioMetrics program and the Cool Carpet™ program.
Assuming the role of a nonprofit trustee came naturally to Lanier in 2011, when the Foundation was re-launched, as she has always found joy and inspiration serving others in the communities where she has worked and lived.
In 2015, Lanier was appointed to the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Board, and in 2013, she was appointed to the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF’s) President’s Advisory Council and the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Dean’s Council. She was in the 2016 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), and she joined the IGEL Board of Directors in 2017. She is the 2020-21 Board Chair for IGEL.
Through the years, Lanier has served in numerous nonprofit leadership roles. From 1995 to 2010 she served on various leadership committees for the Marist School’s Home and School Association, and in the 2007-08 school year, she served a term as President. She is a deacon at Marietta First Presbyterian Church, where she has held leadership roles in multiple ministries, and she has held multiple board and leadership positions for St. Joseph Catholic School, the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and Sheltering Arms (a local charity that provides resources for abused children).
Mary Anne is a graduate of Furman University. She resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband James Lanier, who recently retired as vice president of the multi-family market segment for Interface, and who also serves as a trustee for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The Laniers have three grown sons. Jay Lanier is an account executive with Interface, John Lanier is Executive Director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and Patrick Lanier is a history teacher in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The Laniers have three grandchildren.