Bailey to lead Funders Collaborative through duration in 2016

On July 28, Mary Kay Bailey will succeed Jonathan Sage-Martinson as director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The appointment follows the recent announcement that Sage-Martinson is moving on to a new role as Director of Planning & Economic Development for Saint Paul.

Bailey is currently an employee of The Saint Paul Foundation and director of the Partnership for Regional Opportunity – the one-year successor to the regional Corridors of Opportunity initiative. She will remain in both positions.

Bailey has worked alongside many Green Line stakeholders over the past several years in different capacities: as consultant to the District Councils Collaborative advancing the case for the Hamline, Victoria, and Western stations; as a grant writer to secure national funding for what became the Corridors of Opportunity initiative; and most recently as a director of that initiative which invested in transitway development, small business expansion and improvements, community engagement, and policy and planning changes.

Lee Sheehy, co-chair of the Partnership for Regional Opportunity and Funders Collaborative member said, “We are fortunate to leverage Mary Kay’s knowledge of the Corridor and her understanding of the importance of creating places of opportunity alongside transit. Her experience and leadership will allow for continued integration of the work in the Central Corridor with similar work in the region.”

“I’m both humbled and excited to see the Funders Collaborative through this important phase,” said Bailey. “Jonathan’s leadership was instrumental in creating strong corridor partnerships with lasting impact, and the momentum generated by the opening of the Green Line reinforces the opportunities for maximizing the benefits of light rail transit for the businesses and residents along the Green Line.”

“With Mary Kay’s appointment, we are able to continue on the journey we began to create places of opportunity for all,” said Polly Talen, The Knight Foundation and Funders Collaborative co-chair. “It’s a natural progression, as she has worked alongside Jonathan and many corridor partners for the past several years, and she knows the grants administration side as well.”

“We think that this transition will allow us to leverage the sunset of these two transformational collaborations,” said Ann Mulholland, The Saint Paul Foundation and Funders Collaborative co-chair. “There is still work to be done in the coming two years. We remain focused on investing in the implementation of work group strategies, sharing our learnings, and celebrating our partners who have shaped and will continue to shape the future of this important corridor.”

The Funders Collaborative was envisioned as a ten-year initiative and will continue through Summer 2016. All major funding commitments from member foundations have been secured, the Funders Collaborative expects to make an additional $2 million in investments, and significant work remains underway from the working groups focused on the Funders Collaborative key issue areas:

Bailey will continue to office with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners downtown Saint Paul. She can be reached via email at or phone 651.325.4234 (office).
About the Funders Collaborative
The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative works with local resident organizations, community groups, nonprofit and business coalitions, and public leaders and agencies who share our vision to make the Corridor a place of opportunity for all.
About the Partnership for Regional Opportunity
The Partnership for Regional Opportunity is a cross-sector partnership of regional leaders  committed to growing a prosperous, equitable and sustainable region.  The Partnership’s work is focused on institutionalizing best practices in community engagement, transitway planning, and transit oriented development; advancing the principle of equity in programs, policies, and practices; and supporting the funding of a 21st century transportation system.