Mary Cummings

Financial Advisor

John Ellenbogen - President

Mary Cummings joined ICS in May 2019, starting as a part time intern then full time intern, then client associate, and now 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 from Auburn University in Finance. She moved to Washington, DC two years ago to pursue graduate studies at American University. She graduated with her masters in December.

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


What drew you to ICS?

When I graduated, I was very disillusioned with the financial industry and the power of big business and 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?

What She Ate by Laura Shapiro. It’s an anthology following 6 historical women through explorations of diary entries about what they cooked, served, and ate. I love learning about the cultural context of different foods.

What’s making you think?

The changing division of labor in modern households, how American migratory patterns will change “blue” or “red” states in the 2020 election, and how tech will help us adapt to a post-coronavirus world.

Who inspires you?

Hedy Lamarr. If you’re reading this over WiFi, you should look her up.

What do you remember most about your first job?

The tax withholding on my first paycheck.

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.



phone: 202-844-3552