Jennifer Mahar

Senior Director, Civic Initiatives, Fairmount Conservancy, United States

Jennifer Mahar is senior director of civic initiatives for the Fairmount Park Conservancy, a non-profit champion of Philadelphia's 10,500 park system which she joined in 2012. Ms. Mahar helps oversee the 'Reimagining the Civic Commons' project - an innovative, collaborative network of public space organizations in Philadelphia. Together, the collective demonstrates ways that civic assets can be connected as an integrated system and how they can be developed to foster talent, opportunity and engagement. In addition, the Fairmount Conservancy is partnering with leading researchers to experiment with programmatic and design interventions that will help inform how citizens access civic assets. She oversees the Neighborhood Parks Stewardship Program, a unique partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and a network of 100 volunteer park friend groups. Together they organize, resource and celebrate the wonderful city parks and the volunteers who advocate for them. Ms. Mahar is also part of the Natural Lands Team which oversees forestry and ecosystem management for the city.