Mary McCormick Bio

Mary McCormick, President of the Fund for the City of New York (, has long been recognized as a social entrepreneur, particularly skilled at adapting emerging technologies for the benefit of government, nonprofit agencies, communities and families.

The Fund for the City of New York was established by the Ford Foundation in 1968 with the mandate to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. The Fund achieves this mission by being responsive to the issues of New York City and opportunities to improve the performance of its government and nonprofits. All of the Fund's accomplishments are the result of creative partnerships with foundations, government agencies, community-based organizations, the private sector and universities in New York.

Ms. McCormick is currently a member of the Mayor's Committee on Appointments and the Kings County Judicial Screening Commission for the Second District. She serves on the boards of the White House Project, the National Center for State Courts, the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. She was named by then Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg to chair his Transition Committee on Social Services in 2001 and was later appointed by him to the 2006 New York City Charter Revision Commission. Mayor Edward Koch appointed Ms. McCormick to the New York City Youth Board and the Commission on Four–Year Old Education. Ms. McCormick co-founded the Food Bank for New York City and served as Board Chair of Bargemusic. She received the Luther Gulick Award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Affairs in 1994 and the first national New Leadership Skills Award in 2004. In 2001, Fast Company magazine recognized Ms. McCormick for her pioneering use of technology to improve communities. She is an honors graduate of Radcliffe College and holds an M.A. from New York University and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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