Mary Carley is Senior Associate at Diplomatica. Prior to joining the firm, she was Senior Director Business Affairs for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau. LA Tourism’s mission is to advance the prosperity of L.A.’s visitor economy and Mary organized multiple global trade missions with government, business and tourism leaders to showcase Los Angeles as a premier visitor destination and global powerhouse for trade, innovation and tourism to the world at large.
Mary has a deep knowledge of global event management and design, global procurement, operations and hospitality. She has organized over a dozen complex multi-country and city events in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Locally her portfolio included providing outreach and partnership opportunities to Los Angeles County cultural institutions to make the connection that culture, and the arts are a driver for visitor engagement and diversity.
Taking a break from Los Angeles in 2013, Mary moved to Chicago to manage US Travel Association IPW 2014 for Choose Chicago. She successfully oversaw a complex hospitality and entertainment program for 7,000 international travel industry leaders, tour operators and media.
Mary also has done public relations, product launches and events promotion for consumer goods and retail partners. She started her career as a proofreader at Esquire Magazine in New York rising to features copy editor. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.