Mary Schoen-Clark


Development of affordable housing.

Human services.

Youth programs.

Non-profit consultant.


“Mary is an amazing affordable housing advocate, executive director, and person. Not only is Mary an expert in all things housing, but she is an accomplished manager who has turned around Sabin CDC as an organization and has earned the respect of everyone with whom she works. Mary is very excited to bring art into the affordable housing and community building mission of Sabin.”
– Justin Meyer, Sabin Finance and Program Committee Member

“When I was in Portland last summer, I stopped in unannounced for a visit, and I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Schoen-Clark. I was thrilled to see the ways that SCDC has endured through the years. The efforts you have made to stabilize the organization, maintain its properties, and use its assets to develop new affordable housing and community support projects are heartening. They build on the work which we did together 20 years ago to continue to empower residents and improve the fascinating communities in inner Northeast Portland.”
– Rev. Eric Beene, Savannah, GA

“Providing a broad range of housing ties together many of the economic development efforts taking place in our community. Bringing MAHP in helps us address affordable housing.”
– Mayor Ed Brown: Washington, Iowa

“Not long ago we had a big problem with just 3 houses on the market and no apartments available. MAHP has helped us change that. Today we have new homes in various stages of construction, plus new lots with water and sewer accessibility. For us, it was the right way to go.”
– Mayor Lois Winegurden: Deep River, Iowa

“She’s a very special lady, is dedicated, smart and sympathetic to her constituents. And she knows that her agency can’t run with a deficit!”
– Henry Royer,  president and CEO of Merchants National Bank (ret.)


  • Hawkeye Area Community Action Achievement Award, 1992
  • Developed Iowa’s first Housing Land Trust in 1994
  • Member, National Center for Housing Management, 1994
  • Vice President Gore keynote speaker at opening of downtown apartments in 1996
  • Daybreak Rotary Public Service Award, 1997
  • Woman of the YearAward, YWCA Cedar Rapids, 1997
  • McAuley Institute’s “Courage in Community” Award, 1997
  • Appointed to Iowa Governor’s Housing Task Force in 2000
  • State of Oregon Ending Homelessness Advisory Council 2006-09
  • Oregon ON’s Portland Policy Council Member 2014-
  • Daily Reprieve Board Chair 2014-