Mary Cummings

"I’m passionate about equipping shareholders to use their rights to push companies towards better practice."

Financial Advisor

John Ellenbogen - President

Mary Cummings joined ICS in May 2019: starting as an intern, then client associate, and now a financial advisor. She has worked in all areas of the company, from marketing to research to client services.

Mary is passionate about equipping shareholders to use their rights to push companies towards better practice.

She is from Mobile, Alabama, and holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from Auburn University. While at Auburn she worked as a student lobbyist to advocate for greater funding for education from the state government. She also lobbied with a team responsible for bringing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft to the college town. During her final semester at Auburn, she participated in an immersive Sustainable Finance course taught that changed her perspective on the power of capital for good. She currently serves on US: SIF’s Racial Justice Task Force.

She moved to Washington, DC two years ago to pursue graduate studies at American University. In December of 2019, Mary graduated with her Masters in Media Studies. While there she made a short documentary about local artist Aissatou Sene and her practice of art therapy.

In her free time, she likes to host dinner parties, paint, garden, and go to the movies. She lives in Washington, DC, with her fiancé, Alex.


What drew you to ICS?

When I was looking for my next step after college, I was very disillusioned with the financial industry and the power of big business. I had lost the belief I could work in finance without significant moral compromise. When I saw a job posting at ICS, I was drawn to the shareholder activism work the company does. After meeting Jon, Lori, and Steve, I was confident I could remain in this industry and feel a sense of purpose in my work.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Feeling like I’m pushing the economic system in a progressive direction.

What are you reading now?

The Food Lab by J Kenji Lopez-Alt, Architectural Digest, and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

What’s making you think?

The Eurocentrism in American schools, the ways we could solve the student loan crisis, the convergence of politics and celebrity.

Who inspires you?

My maternal grandfather. He was a radical environmentalist farmer in the 60’s in Mississippi. He showed me the joy of caring for our natural world.

What energizes you about your career?

I was raised on Southern hospitality – always making sure people felt taken care of. I apply that to my work and want clients to always feel cared for when it comes to their financial well-being.



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