Mary Kramer was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and worked for six daily newspapers before joining Crain's Detroit Business in April 1989 as editor. She has since been promoted to publisher, responsible for all operations for the publication that was founded in 1985. In 2012, she was named group publisher for Crain business publications in Cleveland and Detroit. Crain's Detroit Business (CDB) covers business news – including nonprofits and philanthropy -- in the five-county metropolitan Detroit area. Daily “Michigan Morning” and weekly Crain’s Michigan Business enewsletters as well as a monthly print publication extend that coverage statewide. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her to the board of trustees of Grand Valley, effective January 2013. Her volunteer roles include many others support higher education: foundation board member at Wayne State and Grand Valley universities and a director of the Michigan Colleges Foundation. She holds honorary doctorates from Grand Valley, Walsh College, Alma College and Central and Eastern Michigan universities and recently earned an M.S. degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan. She also serves as a board member for the Detroit Regional Chamber and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. A resident of Detroit, she is the first woman to be elected president of the historic Detroit Athletic Club.