Mary Ann Villari '75


Citation for Mary Ann Villari, 2015 Common Good Award recipient.

"Mary Ann Villari of the Class of 1975, devoted servant of the College and of homeless and low-income individuals and families, your many talents were evident at graduation when you were awarded both the Class of 1875 Prize in American History and the Bowdoin Film Society Best Cinematography Award, as well as being recognized as magna cum laude, a James Bowdoin Scholar, and having earned departmental high honors. You earned your J.D. degree from Boston University and then practiced law at the firms Sage Gray Todd & Sims, Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley, and Battle Fowler. You served Bowdoin in several important capacities through the years, being elected as an Overseer of the College in 1987 and then as a member of the Board of Trustees, helping to govern the College for twelve years. In 2001, the Bowdoin Alumni Council honored you for your service to the College with the Polar Bear Award.

Also in 2001, you stepped down as a partner at Battle Fowler and left the private practice of law to pursue your greatest passions: community service and social justice. You devoted your legal acumen and real estate and finance expertise to creating housing opportunities and providing vital services for low-income and homeless individuals and families, joining the not-for-profit agency Broadway Housing Communities. In your role as managing director and general counsel of that agency, you have worked with dedication and skill to help improve the conditions and lives of people in the Washington Heights and West Harlem neighborhoods of New York City. With your high-level involvement for nearly half of its three-decade existence, Broadway Housing Communities has provided hundreds of units of affordable housing, along with critical social services, childcare, and cultural opportunities for some of New York’s neediest and most vulnerable residents.

You have devoted your considerable energy, talent, and professional expertise to bettering the lives of an underserved population of women, men, and children in New York City and have made an indelible impact on the people you’ve assisted as well as those with whom you have worked. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are proud to present to you the 2015 Common Good Award."

May 30, 2015