Mary deLaittre

Design & Public Policy

Drawing on 25 years of experience operating at the intersection of design and public policy, Mary deLaittre conceives of major city-building projects, brings together stakeholders, and provides expertise to help realize complex civic projects.


deLaittre is currently the Founding Executive Director of the Great River Passage Conservancy and most recently Manager of the Great River Passage Initiative, leading the strategic development of the 17 miles of Mississippi River in Saint Paul. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, where she transformed the organization to focus on its new mission, creating the Next Generation of Parks™.


As Founder and Principal of Groundwork: The Foundation for City Building, projects included Wayzata’s Lake Effect, the transformation of the city’s Lake Minnetonka shoreline and the creation of the private fundraising entity for the park – the Lake Effect Conservancy, developing and managing what is now RiverFirst, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board led revitalization of 5.5 miles of the Upper Mississippi, and creating and consulting to 2020 Partners, a public/private partnership that facilitated the redevelopment of a downtown Minneapolis industrial district into a new urban center.


deLaittre received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Brown University and a Masters of Architecture with a focus on Urban Design from the University of Minnesota.

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