Ms. Mary Brainerd was 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 experienced record growth and recognition as a national leader in the health care industry. In her role, Brainerd led more than 21,000 employees in the HealthPartners integrated system. 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 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 affect long-term economic growth, including jobs, education, transportation and economic disparities.