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Margaret M. McCauley

With her colleagues at Downtown Works, the retail consulting firm she founded, Ms. McCauley creates and implements sustainable retail strategies that turn decaying urban zones into vibrant, vital downtowns. She has been at the forefront of the metropolitan retail industry since her days working with legendary retail developer and real estate visionary Jim Rouse.

Ms. McCauley’s method combines quantitative data, such as demo- and psycho- graphics, with rigorous qualitative observation. Throughout her career, she has drawn on the resources and perspectives of retailers, private developers, corporations, urban planners, and design professionals to help her clients successfully transform their downtowns into dynamic environments that serve the needs of residents, professionals, and visitors alike.

Among other appointments, Ms. McCauley serves on the Board of the International Downtown Association, the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and the Woodrow Wilson House presidential museum. She is Chair of the American Institute of Architect’s Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Advisory Group and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers. A member of the Urban Land Institute, she was part of a team of experts tapped to develop the Ten Principles for Rebuilding Neighborhood Retail. Ms. McCauley is frequently invited to share her knowledge at universities, professional conferences, and with public and private development corporations.