Distinguished Speaker - Mary D. Kane
President & CEO
Sister Cities International
Ex Secretary of State in Maryland
Formerly an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Mary D. Kane became President and CEO of Sister Cities International in October 2011. A non-profit organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the U.S., uniting a network of nearly over 500 communities that have over 2100 partnerships in 145 countries on 6 continents.
Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Kane was an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for identifying and building business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber.
Before joining the Chamber, Kane was the secretary of state in Maryland appointed by Governor Bob Ehrlich and a former assistant state’s attorney in Montgomery County, MD. In 2010, Kane joined Governor Ehrlich on the ticket as the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor.
Kane served on the boards of Suburban Hospital – a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Catholic Charities in Washington, DC. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, the oldest independent Catholic university in the country.
Kane is a graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. and earned a B.S. in business and finance at Mt. St. Mary’s University. She is a resident of Potomac, MD where she lives with her husband, John. They have three children who currently live in Washington, DC and New York City.