Marijona McDevitt is an attorney in New York specializing in taxation and intellectual property. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Program.
A native of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, McDevitt has lived in worked in nine countries and 16 different cities. She now lives in New York with her partner of 27 years.
McDevitt is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology. She was made a senator and life member of Jaycees International in 1984, and was the first woman president of the Junior Chamber in Northern Ireland.
McDevitt has participated in many cross-community and cross-border initiatives in Ireland, including Cultures of Ireland and Women in Small Business, a project spearheaded by the then U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler. A tireless fundraiser, McDevitt is a founder member of an Irish charity that gives comfort to people living with HIV/AIDS. She has also fundraised for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. “Coming form the northwest, my heritage is weaving, knitting and many other forms of artistic handcrafts. The export of these across the world means that the world is always becoming more Irish. To me being Irish means that the world is literally at my feet,” says McDevitt, who is also an Irish and international theater buff.
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