Civic Council Appoints Marc Hill as President

This morning the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City announced they have selected their new President that will be effective June 21st of this year.  Marc E. Hill will replace Executive Director Jewel Scott who will retire on June 20th. 

The following is the full press release sent out by the Civic Council:

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City today announced the appointment of Marc E. Hill to the position of President of the Civic Council, effective June 21, 2018.

“Kansas City is truly a dynamic community with immense civic pride,” Mr. Hill commented. “I’m looking forward to working with Civic Council members and civic partner organizations to reach the KC Rising goal of ranking among the top regions in the country.” Mr. Hill is the Chief Policy Officer at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, a position he assumed in 2011, after serving as the Chamber’s Chief Education Officer. His current responsibilities as part of the Nashville Chamber’s senior management team include budgeting, fundraising, strategic planning, and supervision of the Chamber’s public policy work at the state, local, and federal levels. He also is responsible for efforts to improve K-12 education, the annual Vital Signs report, and the Chamber’s regional transit initiative.

In addition to his work at the Chamber, Mr. Hill has extensive public policy experience, most recently in the Nashville Mayor’s Office as Director of the office of Children and Youth and Special Assistant for Education (2002-2007). He also worked in the Majority Leader’s Office in the Tennessee House of Representatives and as an Education Research Analyst for the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Mr. Hill holds an undergraduate degree in history from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University. He has been active as a chair or participant in a number of organizations, committees, and task forces on education and workforce development.

The selection of Mr. Hill to replace Civic Council Executive Director Jewel D. Scott, who will retire on June 20, 2018, followed an extensive national search. William C. Gautreaux, Chair of the Search Committee, commented that the process represented a strategic transition following a successful 25-year tenure of Ms. Scott.

“We ran a national search with a diverse group that yielded several qualified candidates. Marc Hill emerged as the best fit to lead the Civic Council at this point in its evolution,” Mr. Gautreaux said. “He will bring to Kansas City a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy around important issues such as education and transportation, along with a demonstrated track record of execution. We were impressed with Marc’s ability to think strategically and reflect an understanding of the many challenges and opportunities facing our greater metro. He knows how to build civic alignment with multiple organizations and he will emphasize innovation, diversity of thought, and inclusion in his leadership of the Civic Council.”

Scott M. Smith, Civic Council Chair, added, “Marc Hill demonstrated a deep understanding of the role of the President in a member-led and member-directed organization like the Civic Council. His appreciation for the principles that guide Civic Council decisions and actions was a major factor in our selection of him for this important role. We are confident he will provide the collaborative leadership and strategic vision that are necessary for success in the civic arena.”

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City was founded in 1964 by a group of local CEOs of major companies. Its mission is to accelerate growth in the region’s prosperity and quality of life by strategically deploying the personal and corporate resources, influence, and expertise of the region’s business and civic leaders. A set of Guiding Principles requires the Civic Council’s actions to be based on Alignment, Collaboration, Leadership, Focus, Diversity, and Inclusive Prosperity, and to be Data-Driven and Outcomes-Oriented, and Transparent and Accountable.

The Civic Council undertakes initiatives to address complex, long-term and often difficult to solve challenges in the community. KC Rising is an example of the initiatives launched by the Civic Council. A partnership with the Kansas City Area Development Council, the KC Chamber and the Mid-America Regional Council, this business-led, metropolitan growth strategy focuses on expanding trade, growing, attracting and retaining talent for the region’s key economic sectors, and supporting and advancing entrepreneurship and innovation. Past Civic Council initiatives include the Sasaki Plans, which provided a framework for the redevelopment of Downtown Kansas City, Missouri; Bio Nexus KC (formerly the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute), which has led to significant growth in bio sciences research and economic development in the region; and PREP-KC, which is focused on preparing urban high school students for success in post-secondary education and careers.