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After more than 28 years at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Mary Graham has decided to transition to her next new and exciting adventure.
“I have been privileged to work with Mary for the past seven years,” said Bryan Derreberry, Charleston Metro Chamber President and CEO. “She is an exceptional leader who always brings her A-Game to every effort. She is a legacy maker who is willing to stand for our community and work as a dedicated servant leader to our region. We will miss her greatly, but we know that she will continue to make a positive impact wherever she goes.”
Graham has served in multiple leadership roles throughout her time at the Chamber, most recently serving as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief of Staff. In this role, she oversaw the Advancement and Operations areas of the Chamber. Her work included military retention and expansion, local, state and federal government relations, leadership programming like Leadership Charleston and the Metro Leadership Visit, Talent Development and the Center for Business Research.
In 2014, Graham was selected as an inaugural Education Attainment Fellow as part of an initiative led by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Her selection was based on her passion for improving the education pipeline and her work in numerous education advocacy issues including Career Academies. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Civic Leader Program, an Air Staff-level program comprised of several respected community leaders from across the nation, nominated by officials from Air Force major commands, the National Guard Bureau and Headquarters Air Force.
In June of this year, Graham was awarded the Joint Base Charleston Commander’s Public Service Award by Air Force Col. Rob Lyman for her tireless efforts to support military service members and families on a wide range of issues. She also served on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force. Largely due to Graham’s efforts, the Charleston region was recognized as a Great American Defense Community by the Association of Defense Communities for providing unwavering support to service members and military families.
“My time at the Chamber was an incredible, rewarding experience,” said Graham. “I take great pride in the many initiatives the Chamber was part of during my tenure and that I was involved in many of them – from base closure and economic recovery to referendums for infrastructure and more – the region has been transformed over the past three decades and I am proud the Chamber has been at the forefront. I have no doubt it will continue to help lead our region forward.”
Mary Graham is living in Montreal, Canada with her husband who serves as United States Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization. We wish her success in all of her future endeavors.