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Mary M. Holmes

Mary Moorman Holmes is President/CEO of Cumberland Community Foundation. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Mary received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. 

Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Mary was a commercial banking officer and Market President for First Union National Bank. Previously, she was a hedge analyst for an international commodities trading firm in New York, NY and a student fellow at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy.

Mary has served on many boards at the state and local level, including NC Association of Community Foundations (chair 2006/2007 and 2012/2013), NC Network of Grantmakers, the NC Center for Nonprofits, Center for Self-Help, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville/Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation, and other organizations and projects that improve the quality of life in North Carolina.

She is a 1997/1999 Fellow of the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations and a 2001 Hull Leadership Fellow of the Southeastern Council on Foundations. Awards include the ATHENA Award of the Fayetteville/Cumberland Chamber of Commerce (2001) and the Greater Good Award of Methodist University (2017). In 2021, Business North Carolina identified Holmes as one of the state's 100 most influential leaders in the inaugural Power List 100. 

She is an active mentor for community foundation leaders around the country and nonprofit organizations in Cumberland County, NC. Mary and her husband have four adult children and four grandchildren.