Founder and Executive Chairman
Margery Kraus is Executive Chairman of APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy headquartered in Washington, DC. She specializes in public affairs, communications, and business consulting for major companies and organizations. Ms. Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
In September 2004, Ms. Kraus led a management buyout of her firm, making APCO one of the largest privately owned consulting firms in its field in the world and the largest that is majority women-owned. APCO was built almost entirely through organic growth, achieved by fusing the best local talent and experience with a global perspective and best practices.
Ms. Kraus has received a number of prestigious awards recognizing her work over the years, including: PRWeek U.S. Power List (2020); Enterprising Women of the Year Award (2019); PRWeek Top 20 Most Influential Communicator (2018); PRWeek Hall of Femme (2017); C200 Foundation Entrepreneurial Champion Award (2015); and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress Corporate Statesmanship Award (2013).
In addition, Ms. Kraus pioneered one of the industry’s earliest practices in corporate responsibility and the development of public/private partnerships. Prior to starting APCO, she assisted in the creation and development of the Close Up Foundation, a multimillion-dollar educational foundation sponsored in part by the United States Congress. Ms. Kraus continues to be involved with the foundation by serving on its board of directors.
Ms. Kraus is Chairman of the Board of the Women Presidents’ Organization. She serves on the international advisory board of Tikehau Capital, the social responsibility advisory board of Univision Communications Corporate, and the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine. She also serves as a trustee of American University, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, and the Institute for Public Relations.
Ms. Kraus has been married to her husband, Steve, for more than fifty years, is a mother of three, and has nine grandchildren. She is the author of Roots and Wings: Ten Lessons of Motherhood That Helped Me Create and Run a Company.