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Maryland Chamber of Commerce names Kane president, CEO

Mary D. Kane was named president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, the state’s only statewide business advocacy organization.

Mary Kane

Kane, who has an extensive background in leading state, federal and global organizations, most recently at the U.S. State Department as Director of the National Museum of American Diplomacy, will officially take position Monday.

An attorney, Kane also served as Secretary of State in Maryland from 2003 to 2007 and as executive director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 2008 to 2011.

During her tenure leading the National Museum of American Diplomacy, Kane repositioned the organization by successfully fundraising $7 million and lobbying Congress to rename and rebrand the museum to increase its public profile and interest in the history and significance of the U.S. State Department.

Kane also served as chair of the Board of Trustees of Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary from 2016 to 2021 and as president and CEO of Sister Cities International from 2011 to 2017, the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties and states across the United States that promotes diplomacy and volunteerism through partnerships in more than 140 countries.