Mary G. Morris, CEO, Virginia529 / Richmond
Mary G. Morris is the Chief Executive Officer of Virginia529 College Savings Plan, a role she has held since October 2007. She directs and manages the operations, resources, and investments of Virginia529. Ms. Morris came to Virginia529 from the national law firm of Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP. As a tax, securities, and bond expert, she was brought to the firm’s Institutional Investor Client Services Group for her extensive knowledge of public financing issues and public service experience to expand the law firm’s practice to state and local pension funds and other institutional investors. Her prior work focused on corporate governance initiatives and standards.
Ms. Morris earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Law and Taxation from the Marshall–Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.
Shawn P. McLaughlin, President, McLaughlin Ryder Investments, LLC / Alexandria
With more than thirty years of investment experience, Shawn P. McLaughlin began his career as a financial advisor with a major regional brokerage firm where he spent twenty years building his practice before starting his own full-service investment firm, McLaughlin Ryder Investments, Inc. Mr. McLaughlin was recognized as a Top Financial Professional by Northern Virginia Magazine for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Mr. McLaughlin is Chairman of Virginia529’s Board.