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Mary Houghton

Mary Houghton is President of ShoreBank Corporation which she co-founded in 1973 in response to banks still redlining against minority neighborhoods.

  • Founded the first and largest community development bank in the United States
  • Supports rental housing rehabilitation, purchase and rehab for home ownership, personal asset accumulation, sustainable and small business development through an array of bank and non-bank financial products and information services
  • Houghton was a shortterm advisor in Bangladesh to the Grameen Bank and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and later in Pakistan to the Aga Khan Rural Support Program
  • Director of the Calvert Foundation, Women’s World Banking and the Rapid Results Institute
  • American Banker’s Community Banker of the Year for 2004, and one of America’s Best Leaders 2007 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Houghton holds an M.A. in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. cum laude from Marquette University

Last updated 8/25/16