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Game Changer: Manikka Bowman

Manikka Bowman

Alumna Manikka Bowman Boston Business Journal 40 Under Forty Honoree


Urban Land Institute Boston/New England is proud to announce its Director of Policy and Outreach, Manikka Bowman, is a Boston Business Journal (BBJ) 2018 40 Under 40 honoree. Selected from nearly 350 nominations, Manikka’s work at ULI and the Cambridge School Committee put her in an elite class of for-profit, non-profit, and government professionals selected for “... truly making a mark in their respective industries in ways that are fueling Massachusetts’ economic engine.”

“Manikka has been an incredible addition to our staff. Her strategic thinking and thoughtful approach have helped the Boston District Council increase its impact and influence in the community,” said Michelle Landers, executive director of ULI Boston/New England. “She is diligent, intelligent, and an absolute pleasure to work with. We are thrilled to see her achievements recognized this way.”

According to Landers, Bowman holds a unique position in the ULI landscape. Most chapters don’t have a director of policy and outreach. “This award is a recognition of the type of successes that can be realized, and we hope it will inspire other ULI chapters to invest in this kind of policy position.”

Like her fellow honorees, Bowman has advanced to a notable professional level at a young age while maintaining a high level of volunteerism. In fact, she says being a Cambridge School Committee member helped her forge the relationships necessary to launch ULI’s Urban Plan Public Leadership Institute. The Institute creates a space for elected officials and private developers to find common ground and shape the region’s urban landscape for the betterment of all.

Bowman additionally volunteers as Chair of the board of trustees for the YWCA Cambridge, which supports vulnerable women through housing programs that enable them to remain in the city as they secure employment, improve their credit scores, and ultimately transition to permanent housing.

“The 40 Under 40 program is one of the most competitive awards programs we run, and this year’s class really does represent the best and the brightest in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Jones, BBJ market president and publisher.

Bowman was recognized among her colleagues during a reception, and will is featured in a special Boston Business Journal supplement. In her recognition, she cited Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as a professional influence.

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