In Memory of Donald Marron

It is with great sadness we report that our founding donor, Donald Marron, passed away on the evening of Friday, December 6. Mr. Marron led a prolific and accomplished life demonstrated through his work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and intellectual curiosity. The Marron Institute will remember Mr. Marron for his commitment to supporting an innovative model of applied research based upon impact and financial sustainability. His passions for urban management, data, and the great city of New York are reflected in much of our programming, and this influential work is his legacy. Of equal importance, we valued him for his generosity and kindness. He was always willing to listen and provide wise counsel concerning the Institute’s opportunities and challenges. Our thoughts are with his family as well as his many friends and colleagues.
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Air Quality

The Air Quality Program, led by Professor Kevin Cromar, works to improve the health and welfare of urban residents by finding cost-effective ways to monitor and reduce air pollution.



The Litmus Program, led by Professor Angela Hawken, works with public agencies and the people they serve to develop and rigorously test new ideas for improving the performance of the public sector.


Urban Expansion

The Urban Expansion Program, led by Professor Shlomo Angel and supported jointly with the NYU Stern Urbanization Project, works with rapidly-growing cities to make room for their inevitable expansion.


Civic Analytics

The Civic Analytics Program, led by Professor Constantine Kontokosta, works directly with cities to acquire, analyze, and derive insight from data in order to solve tangible and significant problems of city management, policy, and planning.