Wendy Rowden

Wendy Rowden is the President of 42nd Street Development Corporation (42SDC), a 40-year-old non-profit that champions arts investments that catalyze neighborhood development. Through its two signature projects, Theatre Row and Music and the Brain, 42SDC builds vibrant communities throughout New York City and beyond. Theatre Row is a campus for non-profit theater arts in the heart of the Theater District. Music and the Brain is a powerful neuroscience-based program that uses classroom keyboard instruction to build cognitive and critical thinking skills in pre-K to 5th grade students in resource-deprived communities.

Ms. Rowden has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining 42SDC, she led Jonathan Rose Companies’ Investments where she was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s investment management business. Prior to Jonathan Rose Companies, Ms. Rowden served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group.

Ms. Rowden is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (Trustee, Chair of 2017 Global Awards Jury, and immediate past Global Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation.

Ms. Rowden is a past president of WX (Women Executives in Real Estate) and was the 2016 WX Woman of the Year. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Cushman & Wakefield and has taught real estate development at Columbia Business School.

Ms. Rowden is the recipient of numerous other industry awards, including Bisnow’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Real Estate,” United Way’s “Women United in Philanthropy Award,” and Real Estate Weekly’s Top 100 Women in Real Estate.” She holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan, and New York University.