Taft alumni have elected Margaret "Mar" Fitzgerald Wagner '93 to serve her alma mater as the newest member of the Board of Trustees.
Wagner is a graduate of Taft, Yale (B.A. 1997) and MIT (M.S. R.E.D. 2005). She has worked in the affordable housing industry since 2000, first with a consulting firm and since 2005 as a developer and investor. Wagner is currently a managing partner of First Atlantic Capital, LLC, a real estate investment company located in Boston that focuses on the acquisition, ownership, and redevelopment of affordable multifamily housing communities throughout the United States. Her interest in housing was sparked by her first "real" job after college, as an analyst of housing and health care bonds with Standard & Poor's in San Francisco.
Wagner is involved with a number of industry groups that work to shape public policy around affordable housing, including the Institute for Responsible Housing Preservation, of which she became president in January 2017. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed her to the board of directors of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), a quasi-public corporation that provides funding and other support for community-based non-profit affordable and supportive housing developments in Massachusetts.
At Taft, Wagner served on her Class Committee for three years and was then a member of one of the great groups of monitors in Taft history, who instilled good citizenship through fun. After a sports injury ended her effectiveness as a participant, she devoted herself to managing teams, including Patsy Odden's New England champion girls' hockey teams. She treasures her Taft classroom experiences and is grateful that they made her both literate and numerate. At graduation, she was Class Speaker and was awarded the Aurelian Award.
Wagner's interest in Taft was awakened early in life, as her family lived next to the headmaster's house. Many of her family are Taft graduates, and her mother was on the faculty for several years. She has been active in Taft affairs since graduation, working at the summer school, serving as head class agent, reunion chair, and a capital campaign fundraiser.
Wagner and her husband, Rod, are the parents of two smart and humorous children, Jack (10) and Annie (8). They live in a repurposed industrial loft in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood.