Mary Scott NabersPresident & CEO

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Mary is President/CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI). Mary is also co-founder of the Gemini Global Group (G3), a firm that works with national and international clients on business development, P3s, and other types of government objectives.

A recognized expert regarding P3s, Mary is the author of Collaboration Nation – How Public-Private Ventures Are Revolutionizing the Business of Government and Inside the Infrastructure Revolution – A Roadmap for Rebuilding America. Her first book, Collaboration Nation, explores the growing trend of P3s and describes a number of best practices for successful projects, as well as the importance for both parties to respect the cultural differences of the other. While her newest work asks readers to look carefully at the cost of continuing to neglect public assets like roads, bridges, water resources, airports, electric grids, healthcare and educational facilities and points to their critical role in maintaining America’s global leadership position.

Mary writes for many publications and blogs weekly. Her articles have been published by media outlets including Forbes,, CEO-Read, Change This, The Hill, Water on Line, World Highways, Bloomberg Government, Airport World, Politico, Smart & Resilient Cities, Infrastructure USA, Water Online, Construction USA, Renewable Energy World, Construction Today, P3 Bulletin, P3 World, ICMA, American Infrastructure, Born To Invest, Onvia and many others.  She is a regular contributor to business journals and SPI publishes two newsletters each week that carry her columns. She is active on the professional speaking circuit and is a keynote speaker at both business conferences and government executive’s conferences.

Mary has an extensive business background in both the public and private sectors. Before entering government, Mary was the President and General Manager of two media firms. In government, she served as the Commissioner representing Business at the Texas Employment Commission. In that position, she was a high-profile, proactive business advocate who founded The Texas Business Council. Then, Commissioner Nabers moved to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state’s regulatory agency for the oil and gas industry, which at the time regulated approximately $65 billion of the state’s economy annually. She was active on both the state and federal levels and represented Texas on numerous national boards.

Mary holds a BS degree from Howard Payne University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree and was named a Distinguished Alumnae of Howard Payne University.


Delegate, Emerging Leaders World Conference · Spirit of Texas Award · Leadership America · Leadership Texas · World Congress on Information Technology · Named to Profiles in Power · Mentor, University of Texas’ Forty Acres Scholars · Partner & Mentor, Capital Factory


President, Headliners Club · Board of St David’s Healthcare Foundation · University of Texas groups – UT Exes Council; the Chancellor’s Executive Committee; the President’s Advisory Council · National Council for Public-Private Partnerships · National Petroleum Council · Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission · Long Center for the Performing Arts · Advisory Board, San Antonio Spurs · Chair, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce ∙ Board of Directors – Texas Association of Business · Girl Scouts Advisory Board


Articles by Mary Scott Nabers

Apr 12th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Sparrows Point Steel Plant 340x240 Massive $1 billion in funding now available for remediation projects
Photo: Sparrows Point Steel Plant. Courtesy of Jeff Kubina.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced more than $1 billion in funding for 110 Superfund projects. The upcoming project sites are scattered throughout the country. All locations are contaminated by industrial waste, and remediation is critically needed. Usually, the agency orders the responsible party to remediate the site, but when no party can […]

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Apr 10th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
Southeastern Station Blue Line UPDATE 2 Cropped Resize 340x240 Another $20 billion is announced for transit projects in America
Photo: Rendering of the IndyGo Blue Line - Southeastern Station. Courtesy of IndyGo.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced another $20.5 billion in federal funding to support transit projects this year throughout the U.S. The FTA had previously announced $9.9 billion in funding, and this new announcement includes those funds plus quite a bit more. The investment in America’s transit infrastructure will […]

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Apr 5th 2024 | Posted in Mary Scott Nabers' Insights, Opportunities by Mary Scott Nabers
HDR USDA AERIAL 02 340x240 Federal earmarks will fund local projects throughout America
Rendering of the $160 million USDA laboratory building and greenhouse facility. Courtesy of the University of Nebraska System.

Most people have heard about earmarks, but only a few citizens really pay attention to them. That should not be the case. The term earmark refers to federal spending for a specific project for a particular congressional district, locality or state. Members of Congress request this type of funding. In the most recent federal budget, […]

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