Mary W. Rowe has been named Evergreen’s first Senior Fellow

Mary W. Rowe has been named Evergreen's first Senior Fellow.

Evergreen is excited to announce that Mary W. Rowe has been named Evergreen’s first Senior Fellow.

Evergreen Senior Fellows are recognized leaders nationally and internationally in advancing action to transition cities to a sustainable future. Senior Fellows work with Evergreen to articulate strategy, build collaborative partnerships to advance urban policy leadership, leadership networks and action on the ground that leads to urban resilience.

Mary joins Evergreen following her most recent engagement as Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS). Mary brings to Evergreen many years of executive leadership. A dual citizen, Mary's career as a city builder has included several years supporting emerging initiatives in post-Katrina New Orleans, which continues to focus on fostering locally driven economic, social and environmental resilience thanks to Mary’s leadership. While at MAS, Mary created an international network of civic entrepreneurs working to build urban resilience, and worked closely with numerous partners including Evergreen, as well as UN Habitat, The Brookings Institution, ICLEI, Rennaissance Urbain and Bandung Creative City Forum. Concurrent with her work at Evergreen, Mary was recently appointed a Senior Fellow with Project for Public Spaces (, an international civic organization focused on PlaceMaking, based in New York City.

As a Senior Fellow, Mary will help lead the development of a national Civic Commons strategy, a multi-partnered effort to strengthen existing civic assets (parks, libraries, open spaces, community centres ) in Canadian cities, create new civic hubs, build networks, and develop local placemaking strategies that catalyze community well-being. 

Mary W. Rowe is an urbanist and civic entrepreneur. She currently lives in New York City and works with government, business and civil society organizations to strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental resilience of the city and its neighborhoods.  Her particular focus is creating local, national and international learning networks of urban practitioners developing local innovations that foster local livability and resilience, of which art and cultural heritage are key components.. She is currently Senior Fellow at the Project for Public Spaces, following six years in senior management with the Municipal Art Society of New York.  Her tenure in New York City follows five years of intense work in the recovering city of New Orleans post Katrina, where she helped form the New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation, a loose alliance of initiatives that emerged in response to the systemic collapses of 2005.

Mary is an experienced facilitator, convenor and communicator on urban issues, and worked for ten years in Toronto as President of Ideas that Matter. In demand as both a public speaker and facilitator, books to which she has contributed include What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs (Center for the Living City/New Village Press), Oil and Water…and Other things that don’t mix (LL-Publications), Toronto: Considering Self-government (The Ginger Press), Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing), and Ideas that Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs (Island Press/Ginger Press). Mary is also a frequent contributor to an international, interdisciplinary web platform: The Nature of Cities.


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