Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director for Climate | Barr Foundation

Mary Skelton Roberts is a Senior Program Officer for the Environment at the Barr Foundation, where she focuses on transportation and land use – two critical levers for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Mary’s grant making aims to maintain and modernize our transit systems and to help communities transform themselves into more walkable, connected places, where all residents have attractive alternatives to driving and spend far less time and money traveling by car.

Prior to joining the Barr Foundation in April, 2009, Mary was a consultant specializing in problem solving and dispute resolution of complex corporate, environmental, and public policy issues. She has worked extensively with nonprofit, government, and private sector clients in the United States and internationally.

Mary has a Master’s in City Planning with concentrations in consensus building and environmental policy and planning from MIT. She also holds mediation and facilitation accreditations from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and from the Center for Dispute Resolution in London, England, where she served as lead faculty. Mary is bilingual, bi-cultural, and a native Spanish-speaker.