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Margaret Shepard

Managing Director, Innovation Coalitions

Margaret Shepard is the managing director at 1776. She comes to 1776 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Executive Director of Communications and Strategy.

In her most recent role, Shepard provided strategic guidance to the Chamber’s affiliates and divisions to advance its American Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda. She led the organization’s Campaign for Free Enterprise through its digital property, FreeEnterprise.com. She also led the Chamber’s partnership with 1776 on its Innovation That Matters report showing how American cities are best preparing for the next digital wave. In her nine years with the Chamber, Shepard oversaw the production of America’s Small Business Summit, the organization’s largest annual event.

Shepard began her career at the Inter-American Development Bank in the Finance and Infrastructure Division for the Central American Division. She then moved to Kissinger McLarty Capital Group (KMCG), a venture capital firm. Following KMCG, she was an associate at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates (CLS), a boutique public relations firm. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2007, Shepard was an account supervisor in the Marketing and Brand Strategy Practice in the Washington, D.C., office of GolinHarris. She specialized in large-scale event management, Hispanic community outreach, and media relations.

Shepard graduated cum laude from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, majoring in international studies and Spanish. She has a master’s degree in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

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