With city finances squeezed, the call for public-private partnerships is increasing. But even in the best of circumstances, they can be tricky to manage.
Kathryn Ott Lovell is responsible for one of the nation’s largest non-commercial public-private partnerships. She is executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, an independent nonprofit organization that champions Philadelphia’s vast park system, where she orchestrates the daily dance of balancing public and private concerns and responsibilities to produce quality parks for citizens.
Kathryn is also responsible for managing the collaboration of five civic assets in Philadelphia—neighborhood parks, a library, two trails and a Discovery Center—as part of a recent grant from the William Penn Foundation and Knight Foundation to reimagine Philadelphia’s civic commons.