Mary Brainerd

Senior Advisor

Ms. Brainerd has extensive leadership and management experience in integrated healthcare.

Ms. Brainerd served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota-based HealthPartners, retiring in mid-2017 after a very successful 15-year career. HealthPartners is the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. The company incorporates both health care delivery, with 1,600 physicians and 6 hospitals, and a health plan covering 1.5 million members. Under her leadership and direction, HealthPartners experienced record growth and is recognized as a national leader in the health care industry.

Prior to joining HealthPartners, Ms. Brainerd held senior level positions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. She was also senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Plus.

Ms. Brainerd grew up in St. Paul and has been actively involved in the Twin Cities community for many years. She 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. She is previous chair of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and currently serves on the boards of Minnesota Life/Securian, Bush Foundation, Stryker, Inc., Bremer Financial Corporation and Minnesota Public Radio.


University of Minnesota (B.A.)
University of St. Thomas (M.S.)

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