Mary Kay Bailey is the project director for the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and the Partnership for Regional Opportunity/Corridors of Opportunity initiative at the Saint Paul Foundation. Mary Kay directs the operations of these cross-sector initiatives to support development in the region’s transitways that benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. She initiates program activities for the working groups, boards, and other partners and has sought, reviewed, and recommended investment opportunities for both initiatives.
Prior to this role, Mary Kay provided policy analysis, research, and communications support to a variety of national and local clients. In 2009, Mary Kay launched the “Live MSP” initiative to promote city living in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, including the popular livemsp.org website. From 1999- 2007, Mary Kay served as a senior policy analyst in the U.S. EPA’s Smart Growth office, helping to shape EPA policies around land use and environmental quality; leading state and local technical assistance programs; and co-authoring key publications in the field, including: “This is Smart Growth,” “Getting to Smart Growth II,” and “Our Built and Natural Environments.”
Mary Kay has an MPA from Columbia University and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Minnesota. She lives in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood with her husband and two young children, all of whom love the Green Line.