Executive Director, Coral Gables Community Foundation
Mary Snow is a life-long Gables resident who has served as Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation since January 2014, directing its fundraising events and initiatives to improve life in Coral Gables. She previously worked for eight years as the managing director of client services for the Gables-based Washington Economics Group, and before that as a government relations consultant and registered lobbyist with the State of Florida.
Conceived and executed the Umbrella Sky Project, a two-month installation of 700 mutli-colored umbrellas over Giralda Plaza in downtown Coral Gables, creating public art and attracting visitors to the new pedestrian streetscape .
WHAT SHE SAYS
“This will be a public art installation that will bring people from all over Miami,” says Snow, who first saw the installation in Pensacola and then got help from the City of Coral Gables and the BID (downtown Business Improvement District) to help fund it. Among myriad other projects, Snow also spearheads the CGCF’s annual gala ($500,000 raised), its annual scholarship program ($300,000 invested in Gables High grads), and its charitable funds (60 separate funds).
“Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, learn and play here. We link charitable people to their charitable goals, to good causes in their neighborhood,” she says. “We make giving simple, easy and hyper local. You can see what your giving is doing, and it’s so impactful to see the tangible benefits for the community.”