Mary Rowe

Urban Fellow
The Municipal Art Society of New York

Mary Rowe has developed and managed projects involving the public and private sectors as well as labor and local communities in areas in the public interest: health, governance, the environment, housing, social services, education, and culture. She is currently urban fellow with the Municipal Art Society of New York, where she develops strategic initiatives that support the work of MAS to inform and advocate for urban livability and resilience. Her engagement with MAS follows five years of work in the recovering city of New Orleans, most recently as coordinator of the New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation, a loose alliance of initiatives that emerged in response to the systemic collapses of 2005. Rowe was previously vice president of Urban Programs at the Blue Moon Fund and their senior urban fellow. She was director of Toronto-based Ideas that Matter, a convening and publishing program based on the work of Jane Jacobs. She was also project director for BorderLines: Canada in North America, and The C5, an ongoing meeting of the mayors of Canada's five 'hub' cities and their community leaders seeking more autonomy for their city-regions. In 2010, Rowe was awarded a Bellagio residency from the Rockefeller Foundation to develop her writing on New Orleans as a propheticcity. Other books to which she has contributed include Oil and Water… and Other Things that Don't Mix, Toronto: Considering Self-Government, Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design, and Ideas that Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs. She was a close friend and colleague of Ms. Jacobs.