The women of Forest City

MaryAnne Gilmartin was a 20-something in the Koch administration—still-starry eyed, green and learning the ropes of economic development—and she had a problem.

It was the late 1980s, and Gilmartin had been working on the deal side of the New York City Public Development Corporation, where she had taken two fellowships after graduating from Fordham University. The city was in such dire straits back then that department commissioners were begging college grads to sign up. The work was hardly glamorous, but it became the underpinning of her career.

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