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Kate McNamara

Senior Vice President, Navy Yard Planning & Real Estate Development, PIDC

Kate McNamara is PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard, where she is responsible for planning, design, construction, infrastructure, transportation, facilities operations, and real estate development at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. McNamara is an attorney specializing in complex project management, public sector real estate, and capital projects. She joined PIDC in 2011 to lead a long-term revitalization initiative for 3,700 acres of historically industrial land along the east and west banks of the lower Schuylkill River. Key highlights of her tenure at PIDC include: Lower Schuylkill Master Plan, Advanced Life Sciences Infrastructure, and the Growth & Expansion of University City Medical Complex.

Prior to joining PIDC, McNamara served as Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, managing the Commonwealth’s $450 million port expansion initiative and strategic planning for the $786 million expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. She also represented the Commonwealth on the boards of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. McNamara also held positions at the Delaware River Port Authority as Assistant General Counsel, followed by Director, Port of Philadelphia and Camden to manage the $18 million Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and $10 million Riverlink Ferry System.