Mary D. Kane Joins Sister Cities International as President and CEO

Mary D. Kane announced as the new President and CEO of Sister Cities International. Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Mary served as Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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Nov. 2, 2011 - PRLog -- WASHINGTON, DC —Sister Cities International announced today that Mary D. Kane will join the organization as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mary will lead the membership, youth and education, development, and advocacy programs to strengthen the sister city network around the world.

“We chose Mary based on her commitment to the sister cities network and experience forging public-private partnerships during her years with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Mayor Brad Cole, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Her appointment comes at an important time for both Sister Cities International and our members, as we see an increasing need for stronger and more positive efforts toward grassroots citizen diplomacy. We’re excited to have her on board.”

Mary D. Kane joins Sister Cities International from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she served as Executive Director. In her role as Executive Director she was responsible securing vital business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber. Before joining the Chamber, Kane served as Secretary of State in Maryland and also directed the Maryland Sister States program.

“I am honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International,” said Mary D. Kane. “It is an organization that I first came to know and love as Maryland’s Secretary of State and that I continued to appreciate throughout my work at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Sister Cities International’s mission of building lasting partnerships between communities all over the world through educational, sports, economic development and cultural exchanges is needed now more than ever. I look forward to working with our members, partner organizations, embassies, and elected officials both here and abroad to strengthen these relationships and to promote peace and understanding across the globe.”

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 in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Source:Kathleen McLaughlin
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