Mary Rowe

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. 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.

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