Mary Brady is the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Washington, DC, the premier forum for leaders, with a membership roster of nearly 1,000 senior executives with offices in the Washington Metropolitan region and beyond. Since its founding in 1986 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the Club has served as a global interface for the world’s government and international business luminaries. Mary Brady is responsible for featuring speakers to include Presidents of United States, Prime Ministers, Speakers of U.S. House of Representatives, heads of the Federal Reserve Board, every Secretary of the Treasury since 1986, Cabinet members and leaders of Fortune Global 100 corporations.
Mary Brady is a dynamic leader, governing all Club operations. She has been with the Club since its inception, presiding over development and strategic direction, while simultaneously managing and mentoring a high-performing staff, fostering an inclusive environment of growth and development.
As a keen visionary and natural entrepreneur, Mary Brady has grown The Economic Club into the largest business advocacy organization in the nation’s capital. Year over year, Mary continues to build sustainable revenue and programming, including Signature Events, Executive Conversations, Member led forums, an Executive Fellows program and custom sponsorship opportunities.
Mary Brady also directs the Club’s “Scholars to Leaders” education program with annual giving of more than a million dollars, directly benefiting over fifty graduating seniors from D.C. Public High Schools. Now in its fourteenth year, the program has awarded over 9.7 million dollars to 656 scholars.
A non-profit executive by background, Mary Brady worked with the leadership of Washington D.C. on special projects that improved the City’s infrastructure, major real estate transactions including bringing the sports arena to Gallery Place, the renovation of Union Station, the development of the new Convention Center, and the completion of the Federal Triangle.
Mary Brady serves on the board of directors of the Economic Club, was acknowledged in Washingtonian’s Most Powerful Women in Washington in 2021 and 2020, is a 2014 winner of the Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award and serves as a lead judge for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of M&T Bank and serves on the Boards of the Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital and The Women's Foreign Policy Group as chair of the Nominating Committee