Board of Directors
Lisa White Hardwick has served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District since 2001, including a term as Chief Judge from 2010 – 2012. Judge Hardwick is actively involved with Supreme Court committees to improve judicial administration in Missouri. Currently, she co-chairs the Missouri Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.
In private practice with the law firm of Shook, Hardy, & Bacon from 1985 - 2000, Judge Hardwick was the firm’s first attorney of color and then partner in 1991. She served as a trial court judge on the Jackson County Circuit Court from 2000 – 2001. In her judicial career, she was the first African-American woman to serve as circuit judge in Jackson County and on any appellate court in Missouri. As a community leader, Judge Hardwick is Board President of the Delta Educational and Economic Development Foundation (DEED Foundation), helped found Academie Lafayette, and serves a variety of other community institutions.
Following a fifteen-year career in communications, politics, and philanthropy, Christine founded a marketing and research consultancy that has advised local, national and global brands since 2002. She is co-founder of The Collectors Fund and The Kansas City Collection, two enterprises that invest in art and build markets for artists. She serves as President of the KC Symphony Foundation, as a co-chair of the National World War I Museum and Memorial’s capital campaign, and is on the board of EPIC Entertainment. She has also served in leadership roles for dozens of regional nonprofit organizations, including serving on the board of DeLaSalle Education Center. As President of the Board of Directors of University Academy Charter School, Christine has overseen the school’s development during a period in which it has earned a 100% APR, been the highest performing charter public school in Missouri, and was recognized as a National Blue-Ribbon School, which recognizes five years of sustained excellence from 2013-2017.
McClain Bryant Macklin is a homegrown Kansas Citian with a passion for ensuring that everyone has an equitable opportunity to succeed. She currently serves as Director, Policy and Research for the Greater Kansas City Civic Council, driving an equitable and inclusive process for the regional business community’s involvement in policy making.
Previously, she served as Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ Director of Policy, focusing on equity, housing, economic development, workforce, small business and entrepreneurship, and digital equity. She also practiced law at Husch Blackwell LLP in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City specializing in public policy, white collar crime and government investigations, and litigation. She has served on numerous boards, including the Metropolitan Community College Board is Trustees.