Mary Pugh

CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Mary co-founded Pugh Capital in 1991 and has over 40 years of institutional investment experience. Her vision in founding Pugh Capital was to create a diverse Seattle-based asset management firm that clients view as a trusted partner. As CEO and co-CIO, Mary is responsible for providing strategic, cultural, financial, and operational leadership for the company and the investment team.  She is an active member of the broader investment community and frequently contributes to industry panels and thought leadership on investments, DEI, and entrepreneurship.  Pugh Capital was selected by Pension & Investments as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management in the small manager category in 2018 – 2021.

Mary began her career at Washington Mutual as an investment analyst. At the age of 29, she became the youngest person promoted to senior vice president at Washington Mutual.  As a part of her leadership responsibilities, she had the opportunity to chair their inaugural Corporate Values Committee, setting the foundation for her appreciation and focus on company culture. 

Mary has received numerous awards.  In 2018, she was honored with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Fed Family Distinguished Service Award.  In 2017, she received the Seattle Storm Inspiring Women Award, and she was honored with Seattle Business Magazine 2016 Executive Excellence Award as a CEO of the Year. 

Ms. Pugh has a long history of community service.  She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, the Washington Roundtable and a Past President of the Greater Seattle (WA) Chapter of the Links.  She is a non-voting member of the Washington State Investment Board and President of the Scholarship Fund for Rainier Scholars.  Over the years, she has served on many boards including the Seattle Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, the Seattle Foundation, the UW Medical Center, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Ms. Pugh graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics.