Meet THE HONOREE


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Wendy Rowden

President of Building for the Arts,
the non-profit parent company of Theatre Row and Music and the Brain

Wendy Rowden is President of Building for the Arts NY, Inc. (BFA), a New York-based nonprofit organization that sets the stage for communities to thrive through creative cultural efforts.  Since 2015, Wendy has brought to BFA a reinvigorated commitment to equity, access, and inclusion.  At Theatre Row – a home for nonprofit theatre companies without a home of their own – Wendy has launched new artistic initiatives and led the renovation of all front-of-house spaces, ensuring that the complex will continue to thrive as a vibrant, affordable venue for diverse artists and audiences alike.  Simultaneously, she has fueled the continued expansion of Music and the Brain – a one-of-a-kind teacher training and music literacy program – to serve more students in underserved schools, both in New York and other cities across the country.  By re-imagining these two signature projects, Wendy has strengthened BFA’s commitment to positively impacting people of all ages and arts experience levels, from kindergarten music students to lifelong theatergoers.   

Wendy comes to BFA with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.  Prior to her appointment as BFA President, 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, Wendy served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Rockefeller Group. She is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. and the Actors Fund Affordable Housing Development Corp. Wendy has been widely recognized for her leadership with numerous awards from industry organizations.

Wendy holds degrees from Brown University, University of Michigan, and New York University, and she has taught real estate development at Columbia Business School. While she is proud of her professional accomplishments, Wendy is most grateful for her husband, John, and their greatest legacy: their three kids and their partners, and their delicious granddaughter, Livvie Bea.


If you have any questions about the evening, please contact Ashley DiGiorgi at ashley@keencompany.org or 212-216-0963.