Kansas City Fed Announces 2017 Community Development Advisory Council Appointments

January 12, 2017
By Jeremy Hegle , Senior Community Development Advisor

Seven appointees will join four returning members in 2017 on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC). The CDAC is composed of community, business and labor leaders from the Kansas City Fed’s seven-state region and advises the Kansas City Fed on current and emerging issues in community and economic development. The CDAC reflects the diversity of the region and provides expertise on issues affecting low- to moderate-income communities, including community development investments, financial health, housing, small business and workforce development.

2017 council appointments include:

 Ruben Alonso, president, AltCap, Kansas City, MO.

 Judy Petersen, executive director, Central Nebraska Economic Development District, Chambers, NE.

 Rebecca Reynolds, executive director, Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Hugo, OK.

 Cecilia Robinson-Woods, superintendent, Millwood Public Schools, Oklahoma City, OK.

 Liddy Romero, founder and executive director, WorkLife Partnership, Denver, CO.

 Reginald Thomas, president, Construction and General Laborers Local Union 264, Kansas City, MO.

 Cris White, executive director and CEO, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver, CO.

Current and reappointed council members include: 

 Marie Longserre, president and CEO, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Santa Fe, NM.

 Steve Radley, president and CEO, NetWork Kansas, Andover, KS.

 John Santner, Regional Vice President, NeighborWorks America, Kansas City, MO.

 Craig Showalter, president and CEO, Wyoming Community Foundation, Laramie, WY.

2016 CDAC members Katrina Washington of Oklahoma City and Susan Chapman Plumb of Tahlequah, OK., were appointed to the Oklahoma City Branch Board of Directors for 2017. They transitioned from the CDAC to the Oklahoma City Branch Board effective Jan. 1, 2017.

The council meets with Kansas City Fed President and CEO Esther George and the Kansas City Fed’s community development team. The CDAC’s year-round perspective helps shape the Kansas City Fed’s community development research and resource development. CDAC applications were accepted from the public through a new, online process, resulting in a large and diverse applicant pool. 

As the regional headquarters of the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and its branches in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha serve the seven states of the Tenth District: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.