Mary McClymont

President & CEO
Public Welfare Foundation
Mary McClymont

Since 2011, Ms. McClymont has served as president and chief executive officer of the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, DC, a national private grantmaking foundation working to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. She is also a board member ex-officio. Previously, she served as executive director of Global Rights, an international human rights capacity-building organization; and as president and chief executive officer of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. She also held various executive positions at the Ford Foundation, including vice president of the Peace and Social Justice Program.

Earlier in her career, Ms. McClymont served as the national director for legalization of the Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Catholic Conference; as senior staff counsel for the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union; as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and as assistant director for corrections of the National Street Law Institute at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Currently, she serves on the board and executive committee of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers. She is the co-founder of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She is a member of The New Perimeter Advisory Board, a global pro bono program of the DLA Piper law firm. She was the chair of the board of the Migration Policy Institute; and served on the boards of, among others, Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Advisory Committee of Elma Philanthropies Services and the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, USAID. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the District of Columbia bar.

Ms. McClymont has an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University’s Washington College of Law and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.