Mary Brainerd

President & CEO, Health Partners

Mary BrainerdMary Brainerd is president and chief executive officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Under her leadership and direction, HealthPartners has experienced record growth and is recognized as a national leader in the health care industry. In addition, Brainerd is often cited for her strong business acumen and unwavering commitment to the community. Honors include: Top 75 Most Influential People in the Twin Cities (2013) by Minnesota Monthly, the Caux Roundtable Award for outstanding citizenship (2012), induction into the Twin Cities Business Hall of Fame (2011), induction into the Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest’s Business Hall of Fame (2010) by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; Executive of the Year from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal; and the University of St. Thomas Award for Ethical Leadership.

Prior to joining HealthPartners, 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. 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 and has been actively involved in the Twin Cities community for several 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 serves on the boards of Minnesota Life/Securian, Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. She is also the current chair of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank.


Mary is a break out speaker at the Gustavus Women in Leadership 4th Annual Conference.