About the Economic Club

Organized in 1986 as a non-profit, non-partisan corporation, the Economic Club was established in recognition of the unique and critical role that Washington plays in the national and world economies and because of the Washington metropolitan area's increasing economic diversity and importance as a center of business activity. One goal of the founders was to create a forum from which eminent global leaders from all different sectors of life could share their insights about major issues. Secondly, the founders wanted to build an organization that would generate and promote a greater sense of community among the area's top executives, regional and national government officials, and members of the diplomatic community.

Since that time, the Economic Club of Washington has evolved into a vibrant mechanism for connecting prominent business leaders in the Washington, D.C., area. It also has become an influential forum for the exploration of national and global public policy issues, ably fulfilling the dual mission for which it was formed.

Today, the Economic Club is the premier forum for leaders. The list of speakers who have addressed the Club includes a President of the United States, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, heads of the Federal Reserve Board, every Secretary of the Treasury since 1986, other Cabinet members and government officials, and leaders of Fortune 100 corporations.

The Economic Club hosts approximatelly 10 signature events a year, generally organized around a breakfast, lunch or dinner event. An average of 350 members and guests attend each meeting with attendance for some events surpassing 600.
Economic Club members are Washington area company CEOs and CFOs, entrepreneurs, investment professionals, government affairs professionals, lawyers, accountants, and local government officials. Currently, the Club has more than 600 members.

In addition to the signature events presenting featured speakers, the Economic Club sponsors other programs that draw the metropolitan region’s business community closer together and provide opportunities for area business leaders to share information and learn from each other about unique industry trends. The Club also is committed to giving back to the greater community in which our members live and work. Members actively support education initiatives that annually award $30,000 in doctoral candidate fellowships. The David M. Rubenstein/Economic Club of Washington Scholarship Program presents nearly $500,000 each year in college scholarships to seniors graduating from Washington, D.C., public schools.



The Economic Club of Washington was formed in the mid-1980s to fill a significant gap. At the time, the Washington business community was in the midst of a major transformation. A formerly compact community centered in the District of Columbia was diversifying and decentralizing. A growing recognition of the advantages for businesses to be located near or maintain offices or operations near the nation’s capital fueled an explosion of growth in the region. Evolving business and social dynamics fed the fire. The burgeoning technological revolution, acquisitions and mergers, deregulation, suburban sprawl, the emergence of a global economy, and diversification of the workforce contributed to a disbursement of a formerly close-knit business district.

Area leaders were quick to recognize the value an organization such as the Economic Club could have in drawing closer together a dispersed, diversified, and expanding business community. One of the first promoters was Robert Linowes, a prominent D.C.-area lawyer and civic leader who became the Economic Club’s first President. Other business leaders who were enthusiastic supporters and became the first officers of the Club were Donald E. Smiley, Vice President of Exxon Corporation, who served as Vice President; Nancy Clark Reynolds, a Partner with the public affairs firm of Wexler, Reynolds, Harrison and Schule, Inc., who was Vice President for Programs; Edwin K. Hoffman, Chairman of the Board, Woodward and Lothrop, Inc., who was Vice President for Membership; Stephen D. Harlan, Managing Partner, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, who was Treasurer, and Kenneth R. Sparks, Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal City Council who served as Secretary.

The stated purpose of the Club’s founders for establishing the Economic Club was to form a group that would serve to recognize “the unique and critical role that Washington plays in the world economy and of the area’s increasing economic diversity and importance as a center of business activity.”

Since its founding, the Economic Club has grown steadily and expanded its influence internationally. Starting with just over 100 members in its first year, the Economic Club now has more than 600 members. It is a highly valued forum for peer networking and interaction as well as thought-provoking insight into the complex issues confronting the United States and world today.


David M. Rubenstein
, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, The Carlyle Group

Carol Melton
, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, Time Warner, Inc.

Deborah Kissire, Vice Chair, East Central Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Christopher G. Caine, President and CEO, Mercator XXI, LLC
David Geanacopoulos, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and General Counsel, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Senior Vice President, NERA Economic Consulting

John C. Lee, IV, Senior Advisor, Schneider Electric

Carol Melton, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, Time Warner, Inc.
David Pollin, President, The Buccini/Pollin Group

Gary Tabach
, Managing Partner, Greater Washington, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Stuart L. Solomon
, Managing Director Metro Washington, Accenture

Wendelin A. White, Co-Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. Office, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Mary Brady, The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.


Hon. Dave McCurdy, President and CEO, American Gas Association

Christopher G. Caine
, President and CEO, Mercator XXI, LLC

Katherine Brittain Bradley
, President, CityBridge Foundation
Lyles Carr, Senior Vice President, The McCormick Group, Inc.


Gina Adams, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, FedEx Corporation
Meredith Baker, President and CEO, CTIA, The Wireless Association
Brian Berry, Senior Vice President, Eastern Region, Columbia Property Trust, Inc.
Thomas S. Bozzuto, Chairman and CEO, Bozzuto Group
Katherine Brittain Bradley
, President, CityBridge Foundation
Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Global Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
Tim Coughlin*, Managing Director, Edgemoor Investment Advisors, Inc.
Jack Davies, Owner, Monumental Sports and Entertainment
Deborah Dingell, President, D2 Strategies
Margaret Dunning, Principal and Chief Strategy Officer, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company
Raul J. Fernandez, Chairman, ObjectVideo
Barry M. Granger, Vice President - Government Marketing & Government Affairs, DuPont
Michael Harreld, President, PNC Bank of Greater Washington
Kim Horn, Regional President, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States
Dr. Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University
Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks
Robert G. Liberatore, Director, Chrysler Group LLC
Edward J. Mathias*, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Kathleen Matthews, Executive Vice President, Global Communications & Public Affairs, Marriott International, Inc.
Deryl McKissack, Chairwoman & CEO, McKissack & McKissack
Robert Milkovich, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, First Potomac Realty Trust
Hon. Susan Molinari, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations for the Americas, Google Inc.
Cheryl A. Moore, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Mark Ordan, CEO, Washington Prime Group
Linda D. Rabbitt, Chairman and CEO, Rand Construction Corporation
Todd S. Rich, Partner, The JBG Companies
Joseph Rigby, Chairman, President and CEO, PEPCO Holdings Inc.
Kenneth A Samet, President and CEO, MedStar Health
Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens USA
Katharine B. Weymouth, Former Publisher and CEO, The Washington Post
Jonathan W. Witter, President, Retail and Direct Banking, Capital One Bank
Jeff Wood, Market President, Bank of America

*Ex-Officio Board Members