The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization composed of the leadership of the largest, private employers in the Kansas City region. The organization is funded primarily through the annual dues of its members.
William C. Gautreaux Chair, Civic Council MLP Holdings LLC
Steven L. Edwards Vice Chair, Civic Council Chairman and CEO Black & Veatch
Gordon E. Lansford, III Vice Chair, Civic Council President and CEO JE Dunn Construction Company
Madeleine McDonough Treasurer, Civic Council Chair Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Joseph Agnello President Lockton Companies
William Berkley President/CEO Tension Corporation
Mauli Agrawal Chancellor The University of Missouri-Kansas City
Steve Bernstein President Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc.
Kevin Barth Chairman and CEO Commerce Bank
Martin Bicknell CEO and President Mariner Holdings, LLC/Mariner Wealth
E. Bertram Berkley Chairman of the Board Tension Corporation
Henry W. Bloch Honorary Chairman H&R Block Foundation
Larry Bridges President Executive Hills, Inc.
Kevin Bryant Executive Vice President and COO KCP&L and Great Plains Energy, Inc.
Ramin Cherafat CEO McCownGordon Construction, LLC
Paul Copaken Property Owner Copaken Brooks
Rev. Thomas Curran President Rockhurst University
Barry Davis Regional Managing Partner BKD LLP
Paul DeBruce Retired CEO DeBruce Companies
Terrence Dunn Retired CEO D.D. Ranch Leawood
Warren Erdman Executive Vice President Kansas City Southern
Melinda Estes President and CEO Saint Luke's Health System
David Frantze Partner Stinson Leonard Street LLP
R. Cameron Garrison Managing Partner / CEO Lathrop Gage LLP
Esther George President and CEO Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Thomas Gerke General Counsel and CAO H&R Block, Inc.
Douglas Girod Chancellor The University of Kansas
Chris Giuliani CEO Spring Venture Group
Marc Hahn President and CEO Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Don Hall, Sr. Retired, Chairman of the Board Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Don Hall, Jr. CEO Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Joe Hampton Vice President of Operations Spire, Inc.
Mike Haverty Retired CEO Kansas City Southern
Paul Holewinski President and CEO Dickinson Financial Corporation
Clark Hunt Chairman and CEO Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Jones II President and CEO H&R Block, Inc.
Mark Jorgenson National Group President - Community Banking U.S. Bank
Jonathan Kemper Chairman Emeritus Commerce Bank
Bob Kipp Retired Chairman Crown Center Redevelopment
Ray Kowalik Chairman and CEO Burns & McDonnell
Gordon Lansford III President and CEO JE Dunn Construciton Company
Mark Larrabee President and CEO - Greater Kansas City Arvest Bank
Steve Lindsey CEO, Distribution Operations & Gas Utilities Spire, Inc
David Lockton Chairman of the Board Lockton Companies, LLC
Mark Long President and CEO Newark Grubb Zimmer
Mike Maddox President and CEO CrossFirst Bank
Patrick McCown Retired CEO McCownGordon Construction
Tom McDonnell Retired CEO DST Systems
Pat McLarney Partner McLarney Law Firm L.L.P.
Leo Morton President and COO DeBruce Companies
Pat Mosher SVP, Director of Strategic Planning HNTB Corporation
John Murphy Partner Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Richard Myers President Kansas State University
Tom O'Grady Corporate President HNTB Holdings Inc.
Pat Ottensmeyer President and CEO Kansas City Southern
Bob Page President - CEO The University of Kansas Health System
Stacey Paine President Crown Center
John Parry CEO The Parry Group
Tim Petty Market President KC/Oklahoma/Dallas U.S. Bank
Julie Quirin Sr. Vice President of Hospital Operations Saint Luke's Health System
Joe Reardon President and CEO Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Bob Regnier President and CEO Bank of Blue Valley
John Ricciardelli President Honeywell
Madeline Romious Regional Vice President - External Affairs AT&T Missouri
Josh Rowland Chief Executive Officer Lead Bank
Tom Sack President/CEO MRIGlobal
Andy Sareyan President and CEO Andrews McMeel Universal
Matt Sheets Market President - Kansas City First National Bank of Omaha
John Sherman CEO MLP Holdings, LLC
Charlie Shields President and CEO Truman Medical Centers
Chase Simmons Chairman and CEO Polisinelli
Jeff Simon Office Managing Partner Husch Blackwell
Rich Smith President and CEO Henderson Engineers
Scott Smith Retired CEO HNTB
John Snyder Managing Partner Dentons US LLP
Elizabeth Solberg Executive Consultant Fleishman-Hillard
Brad Sprong Managing Partner KPMG LLP
Anne St. Peter Founder Global Prairie
Erin Stucky President and CEO-Elect Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Mark Thompson President CCB Financial Corporation
Robert Thompson Partner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Timothy Triplett General Counsel Black & Veatch
Maurice Watson Former Chairman Husch Blackwell LLP
W. Russell Welsh Retired CEO Polsinelli
Pat Whalen Chairman Spencer Fane LLP
Danette Wilson CEO and President Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Marc Everett Hill
Vice President & Director of KC Rising
McClain Bryant Macklin
Director, Policy & Research
Director, Community Initiatives
Manager, KC Rising
Manager, Finance Administration
Formed in the mid-1960s at the height of the civil rights era, the Civic Council spent much of their early years helping the city navigate these issues.
Collaborated with regional leaders to develop the "Prime Time" initiative to sell KC, which evolved into the creation of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC).
Launched the Kansas City Tomorrow (KCT) business leadership program to develop the next generation of civic leaders.
Commissioned a study recommending the creation of the Full Employment Council, which now administers federally-funded employment & training programs in KC.
Hiring of the organization’s first full-time staff person to accelerate and expand Civic Council initiatives.
Funded the creation of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, now BioNexus KC.
Initiated the Sasaki Plan, a study that led to the revitalization of downtown KC and commissioned a second Sasaki plan in 2005 to examine the creation of downtown neighborhoods.
Created PREP-KC, a nonprofit that connects high school students to engagement opportunities with business professionals and higher education faculty.
Galvanized by the Prosperity at a Crossroads report by Brookings Institution and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) showing Kansas City was being surpassed by several peer regions, the Civic Council was a founding partner and funder of the KC Rising initiative.