About Us

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.

Our Members

William C. Gautreaux Chair, Civic Council MLP Holdings LLC

Steven L. Edwards Vice Chair, Civic Council Chairman & 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.

Tawanna Black, CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion in Minneapolis, and Brad Whitehead, President of the Fund for Our Economic Future in Cleveland, share how they are working on inclusive prosperity strategies in their communities

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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & CEO Dickinson Financial Corporation

Dennis Lower, CEO of the successful Cortex Innovation District in St. Louis, talks about the district’s evolution over the past decade at the January 2019 Civic Council membership meeting

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 & CEO Burns & McDonnell

Gordon Lansford III President and CEO JE Dunn Construciton Company

Mark Larrabee President & 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 & 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 & 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 & CEO Bank of Blue Valley

John Ricciardelli President Honeywell

Madeline Romious Regional Vice President - External Affairs AT&T Missouri

Brookings Institution’s Marek Gootman describes the Kansas City region’s performance on economic inclusion measures

Josh Rowland Chief Executive Officer Lead Bank

Tom Sack President/CEO MRIGlobal

Andy Sareyan President & 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

Jeff Simon Office Managing Partner Husch Blackwell

Rich Smith President & 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

Pat Whalen Chairman Spencer Fane LLP

Danette Wilson CEO & President Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Bill Berkley, Mark Long
Madeline Romious, Steve Bernstein
Betsey Solberg, Scott Smith
Marc Hahn, Rev. Tom Curran
Bill Gautreaux
Tom Gerke, Gordon Lansford, Betsey Solberg
Pat McCown, Brad Sprong, Leo Morton
Bob Thompson, Josh Rowland
KCUR political commentators Steve Kraske and Jim McClean break down the policy implications of the November 2018 election in Kansas and Missouri, moderated by Civic Council member Charlie Shields

Our Staff

KC Civic Council Staff
Left to right: Steven Levy, Sheri Gonzales, McClain Bryant Macklin, Marc Hill, Angela Brincefield, Consuelo Ross, Alexis Villagran, Randy Riggs

Marc Everett Hill
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Sheri Gonzales
Vice President & Director of KC Rising
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McClain Bryant Macklin
Director, Policy & Research
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Randy Riggs
Director, Community Initiatives
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Steven Levy
Manager, KC Rising
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Consuelo Ross
Manager, Finance Administration
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Angela Brincefield
Executive Assistant
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Alexis Villagran
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Our Story

Founded in 1964 by a group of business CEOs, the Civic Council brings together the personal and corporate resources of its members to address difficult, complex community challenges. Throughout its history, the Civic Council has given birth to significant initiatives that have contributed to the community’s economic growth and quality of life. Examples include creation of a plan for redeveloping Kansas City’s downtown and growing the life sciences research and development in the region. A hallmark of the Civic Council is its focus on long-term issues that are strategic and informed by research.

Our Impact


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.

Our Initiatives

KC Rising

KC Rising

Our Shared Vision for Regional Prosperity

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KC Tomorrow

Kansas City

Developing Civic Leaders

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Heartland Civic Collaborative

Heartland Civic Collaborative

Strengthen the Heartland’s Competitiveness

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