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banker , Economist , executive

Mary Houghton is co-founder of ShoreBank, a regulated commercial bank holding company organized for purposes of community development and, later, environmental protection.

Mary also serves as the chair of ShoreCap International.

Now she is a director of several companies.


A graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, she was a Visiting Scholar there in 2011.


She was the senior lender of the ShoreBank Corp. lead bank in Chicago and managed expansions, including formation of ShoreCap International in 2003.

Director: Citizens Bank of Canada; Executive Committee of the board of Calvert Foundation; Interim Vice Chair of the Board of Women's World Banking; BASIX and BSFL (Hyderabad, India); Grassroots Business Fund; Rapid Results Institute, International Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Advisory committees: AEO Enterprise Economic Impact Council of Advisors, South Suburban Mayers and Managers Association Advisory Committee Director (Former ShoreBank affiliates): ShoreCap International, Equator Capital Partners, Northern Initiatives, Craft3, Livelihood Basix Inc.


  • Co-founder of the first and largest community development bank in the United States of America


Quotations: “That led us to expand our idea—from using a bank to using a bank holding company”


co-founder of the ShoreBank:
Ron Grzywinski
Ron Grzywinski - co-founder of  the ShoreBank of Mary Houghton

Ron Grzywinski is a community development banker from Chicago, and one of four founders of ShoreBank.