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MARY KANE

PRESIDENT & CEO
MARYLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

A seasoned executive and well-known Maryland political figure, Mary D. Kane is the president and CEO of the  Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Before stepping into her current executive role in October 2021, Kane was the director for the National Museum of American Diplomacy for nearly three years. She also served as the chair of the board of trustees for her alma mater Mount St. Mary’s University, president and CEO of Sister Cities International and executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In 2005, she became only the fourth woman in Maryland’s history to be sworn in as Secretary of State and the first Republican woman to hold the office. During the two years prior, she served the Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. administration as Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Legal Counsel.

What’s the most important thing you do in your job?

My most important job is to represent our members and all Maryland businesses in Annapolis. Thriving businesses are crucial to the success and vitality of our state. Marylanders need good jobs which our businesses provide. But beyond this, businesses enrich our communities through their support of education, museums, hospitals and so many other important institutions we rely on.

Who was your most significant mentor, and what did you learn from that person?

My mother is the most significant mentor I’ve had in my life. When I face a challenge I think will be impossible to overcome, I think of my mother and that 19-year-old girl who left her family in Ireland to find a better life in the United States. My mother has been a constant positive influence in my life. She also taught me how to be a good mother for my three children and to never be afraid of hard work.