Story Bellows joined the City of Philadelphia in April of 2012
as Co-Director of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.
The new office is a civic idea and innovation incubator, which
develops innovative approaches and processes to solving
complex problems in the public arena. Prior to coming to
Philadelphia, Story served as Director of the Mayors’ Institute
on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National
Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American
Architectural Foundation and the US Conference of Mayors.
An urban designer by training, Story spent four years in a private design practice
Chicago, where she founded a research group and worked with leaders in the public,
private and non-profit sectors on urban, education, healthcare and environmental
design projects and initiatives. She holds an undergraduate degree from Colgate
University and a Masters degree in City Design and Social Science from the London
School of Economics and Political Science.