Meet John Delaney

John Delaney is an entrepreneur, business leader and public servant.

John is the founder and Executive Chairman of Forbright Bank, a commercial bank and lender that is uniquely mission aligned around the need to decarbonize the world.  He was also the CEO of Revolution Acceleration before its acquisition of Berkshire Grey, Inc and remains a Senior Advisor to Revolution, LLC.   

In 2012, John was elected to represent Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  During his six years in Congress, he earned praise for his bi-partisan approach to economic, trade, foreign, housing and environmental policy. He was a member of the Financial Services Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Steering and Policy Committee.  In 2013, he was elected co-president of his freshman class of 85 new members of Congress.  In 2019, John stepped down from Congress to pursue an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

By the age of 40, John had founded and led two New York Stock Exchange listed companies.  In 1993, John founded HealthCare Financial Partners Inc., which provided loans to small to mid sized healthcare service companies.  The company completed its initial public offering in 1996 and was sold in 1999.  HealthCare Financial Partners made over 1,000 loans and experienced no credit losses. At the time of its sale, John was the youngest CEO of a NYSE listed company.  In 2000, John founded CapitalSource Inc., which at the time was the most highly capitalized private equity-backed start-up in history.  CapitalSource provided loans to a wide range of mid-sized businesses, became a public company in 2003, and John served as Chairman and CEO until his decision to pursue public office. All told, Delaney’s companies created thousands of jobs, made over $30 Billion of loans to over 5,000 small to mid-sized companies and they significantly outperformed their peers in total shareholder return. 

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School, past Chairman of the Board of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Research on Women, the National Symphony Orchestra and a member of YPO.  He was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Bank Enterprise Award from the Obama Administration for lending to disadvantaged communities, and in 2017 was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.  He is member of the Board of Directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center, the leading think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship, the Citizens Climate Lobby and Berkshire Grey, Inc.

John grew up the son of a union electrician.  In 1985 he received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and in 1988 his law degree from Georgetown Law Center.  John and his wife, April McClain-Delaney, met as law students at Georgetown. April McClain-Delaney has more than 25 years of communications law and child advocacy experience in both private sector and non-profit engagements.   In 2007, they were honored as the Outstanding Philanthropists for the Washington Metro region.  John and April have four daughters and reside in Maryland.


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