Kathleen Matthews is a prominent U.S. journalist, corporate communications executive and political activist. She is currently chair of the Maryland Democratic Party and member of the National Democratic Committee. In 2016 she ran as a Democrat for Congress in Maryland's 8th District.
Prior to that, she was the Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer for Marriott International for nearly a decade, where she was responsible for the company’s global brand public relations, corporate communications, government affairs, social responsibility, and company culture. As a global advocate for jobs and travel, Matthews was Vice-chair of the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board during the Obama Administration. She chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for the travel industry, and has been active in WTTC. Committed to diversity and the environment, she co-chaired Marriott's Global Green Council and served on the company's Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Prior to her career at Marriott, she was an award winning news anchor and reporter at the ABC-TV affiliate in Washington, DC for 25 years, and hosted the nationally syndicated “Working Woman” television show. Matthews has been awarded nine local Emmys, the Human Rights Campaign's Straight Ally Award, Washington Business Journal's “Woman Who Means Business” award, and Washingtonian of the Year. She is active in her community and has served on the multiple charitable boards.
Matthews is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University, and a 2004 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She and her husband Chris Matthews have three grown children.