Mary Kate Cary is executive producer of “41ON41,” a documentary film about former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. In it, 41 extraordinary people tell their best stories about his leadership, good humor, bipartisanship and integrity. The film debuted on CNN domestically in June 2014, receiving good ratings and a very positive response on social media. “41ON41” was a featured film at the 2014 Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia and will be available on Netflix in late 2014.
Ms. Cary served as a White House speechwriter for President Bush from 1989 to early 1992, authoring over 100 Presidential addresses by him. She has ghostwritten several books, two of them about the former President. Ms. Cary has been an Advisory Board member of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University since 2004.
In addition to making “41ON41,” Ms. Cary is a professional speechwriter specializing in political and corporate communications, writing for a variety of national political and corporate leaders. Some of her assignments have included State of the Union responses, Republican National Convention addresses, TED talks, and domestic and international speeches. From 2009 to 2014, she was a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, writing hundreds of blogs and columns on politics. Many of her columns have been republished on Real Clear Politics. She continues to be a political analyst on National Public Radio, where she has made over 100 appearances on Tell Me More, All Things Considered, and Talk of the Nation. Her television appearances include ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Fox News Network, and MSNBC.
Previous positions include serving as Deputy Director of Policy and Communications for U.S. Attorney General William Barr, where she was honored with the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Management; Deputy Director of Communications at the Republican National Committee, serving under Chairman Haley Barbour and managing a staff of fifteen; founding Managing Editor of the daily political news service The Hotline during the 1988 primaries; and Senior Writer for Communications for the 1988 Bush-Quayle presidential campaign. She was a staffer on the ABC News program This Week with David Brinkley, and an aide to the late Congressman Hamilton Fish, Jr. (R-NY).
Ms. Cary is the founding co-chair of the Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Virginia’s Department of Politics, establishing programs to foster greater interaction between successful alumni and current undergraduates. She has spoken at a variety of other undergraduate institutions, including Georgetown University, Texas A&M, the University of Georgia, and Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Ms. Cary is a member of the Judson Welliver Society, which is comprised of former White House speechwriters from both parties. She is also a member of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Society, a group of female public affairs writers in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Cary is former president of the 35-member board of the Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and chaired two annual gala events that each brought in more than $1 million in net revenues from corporate sponsors and major donors. As president of the JDRF board for two terms, she was responsible for working with the staff to meet the chapter’s annual strategic, budgetary and fundraising goals. She is a former board member of Children’s Hospital, as well as past president of the 75-member Children’s Health Board there, where she helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues for underserved families. Before serving as president, she chaired the strategic planning committee, writing the organization’s first strategic plan in its 150-year history.
Ms. Cary holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia. She lives with her husband Rob Cary and their two daughters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.