Mary K. Brainerd

Mary K. Brainerd

President and CEO, HealthPartners

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Mary K. Brainerd is president and chief executive officer of Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Under Brainerd's leadership and direction, HealthPartners has experienced record growth and is often recognized as a national leader in the health care industry.

In her role, Brainerd leads more than 21,000 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system, which includes a care delivery system with more than 1,700 physicians at nearly 140 primary, specialty and urgent care clinics; five hospitals; a large dental practice; 1.4 million members in top-rated medical and dental health plans; and HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.

She holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Brainerd grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and has been actively involved in the Twin Cities community for several years.

Brainerd is one of the founding CEOs and former chair of the Itasca Project, a group of 40 government, civic and business leaders addressing the issues that impact long-term economic growth, including jobs, education, transportation and economic disparities.

Brainerd serves on the boards of Minnesota Life/Securian, Minnesota Council of Health Plans and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. She is also the current chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' board of directors.