Carolyn Cawley is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She leads the Foundation and represents the organization to major stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.
Cawley joined the Chamber Foundation in early 2015 with more than 20 years’ experience in both public service and business. Most recently, she was a partner at the global communications consultancy FleishmanHillard. There she chaired the global public sector practice — helping governments, foundations, and NGOs sharpen their focus and engage audiences in programs ranging from public health to women’s economic development. In the Washington office, she was also a member of the Management Committee and a group leader for international public affairs.
She served on the speechwriting staff for President George H.W. Bush and later as an aide to California Gov. Pete Wilson. Her husband’s military career took them to the Middle East, where she launched an English-language business magazine in Egypt’s newly privatizing economy.
Raised abroad, Cawley moved to the United States to attend the University of California earning a degree in political science.