our mission

Civic Way’s mission is to help communities attain their potential. By providing reliable data, we will inspire citizens to move from the sidelines to the frontlines. By linking local leaders to the resources they need, we will help build community. By supporting public executives, we will restore public faith in state and local government. By building a national civic network, we will be a catalyst for community-driven progress and achieving a better America.


our values


Civic Way has built a framework of aspirational values, public policies and progressive metrics around five broad civic themes: 

  1. Economic prosperity
  2. Educational excellence
  3. Healthy places and people
  4. Strong communities and families
  5. Modern infrastructure and institutions.

Its values, as summarized below, provide the foundation for long-term progress--from the ground up.

ThemeCivic Way's Values
EconomicBroad-based, enduring economic prosperity through dynamic economic growth, cultivation of emerging economy sectors, revitalization of traditional economic sectors, ample safe, dignified & rewarding jobs, sensible immigration reform, financial self-reliance & equitable economic opportunity for all
EducationInnovative pre-school offerings, competitive, agile & accountable public schools (K-12), world-class public higher education system (universities, colleges & community colleges), seamless K-20 integration, productive research & development incentives, cost-effective, responsive & market-driven worker training & ample, accessible lifelong learning
Healthy Places & PeopleHealthy environment, clean air & water, effective natural resource preservation, fact-driven climate change mitigation, vibrant public health systems, superb, affordable & accessible health care (regardless of income, employment & location) & smart healthy lifestyle incentives
Communities & FamiliesFull civic engagement (fewer voting restrictions), vibrant, efficient & safe neighborhoods, ample, affordable housing, smart growth (e.g., New Urbanism design), stable, nurturing families, social tolerance for all (regardless of gender, race, color, place of origin, creed & sexual preference), fair, cost-effective law enforcement, judicial systems & correctional facilities
Infrastructure & InstitutionsSafe, efficient & balanced transportation system, abundant, efficient & affordable energy, ample, efficient public water & sewer systems, thriving technology network (e.g., broadband), efficient, effective & accountable government, equitable, dynamic & competitive tax structure, responsive state, regional & local governments & sound public stewardship (e.g., need-based revenues & fact-based cost management)

Civic Way will serve leaders and groups that champion data-driven policies, far-sighted investments and responsive public initiatives most likely to honor its charitable, nonpartisan values. Civic Way believes that, to achieve enduring civic progress, our states, regions and localities must offer a dynamic economy, plentiful educational opportunities, safe, vibrant communities, affordable health care, clean air and water, modern infrastructure and innovative, accountable civic institutions. Such attributes provide the foundation for a superior and sustainable quality of life. 


our model

The Civic Way model is designed to broaden civic engagement, strengthen civic leadership, enhance governance, and remind citizens that government belongs to them. It entails a closed system that will enable communities to:

  • See It – Illuminate issues that shape our future (e.g., jobs, education, community, health care, environment, infrastructure and governance)
  • Fix It – Inspire, engage and mobilize citizens to fix the problems they see
  • Own It – Prepare our emerging leaders for the challenges of governance
  • Track It – Hold our governments and other civic institutions accountable

This model will spur better governance and other civic reforms at the local level, but also galvanize a collaborative national network of local civic action groups. As the national network grows, it will share best practices, expand training programs and build a portfolio of efficient, flexible civic data products.

our organization

Civic Way is an independent, non-partisan nonprofit founded to improve local governance, and galvanize enlightened civic engagement and leadership from the ground up. Organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, it will fulfill its civic mission and satisfy applicable federal Internal Revenue Service requirements for maintaining its tax-exempt status. Since Civic Way is exempt from federal income taxes, any contributions it receives are deductible for income tax purposes.

Civic Way’s leaders have dedicated their lives to improving their communities—most have held public office or led nonprofits—and want to share their insights with emerging activists, leaders and executives. Together, they represent regions throughout the US as well as many professions and disciplines (e.g., education, public service, financial services, healthcare, business, law and accounting).

PersonProfessional CredentialsAcademic Credentials
Sharon Murphy
Houston, TX
Partner, McConnell, Jones, Lanier & Murphy, a large public accounting and management advisory firm. Over 35 years of professional management experience in the public and private sectors.MBA in Finance, Clark Atlanta University.
Betsy Reveal
Vice President
Minneapolis, Minnesota
A management consultant and financial advisor with over 40 years of public and nonprofit management experience, including CFO for Amtrak, DC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Harvard JFK School and the UN Foundation.MPA from Harvard University.
Gary Levinbook
Denver, Colorado
Partner with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services (recently retired) and over 35 years of consulting, financial management and accounting experience.MBA from University of Miami and CPA.
Jennie Wahl
Durham, North Carolina
Strategic Planning Specialist for Duke University Hospital with over 20 years of health care management experience.MBA from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Dorinda Floyd
Washington, DC
Chief Administrative Officer for DC's Transportation Department, ex-CFO for the Colorado Revenue Department and ex-Chief Operating Officer for Milwaukee's Public Works Department, with over 25 years of public sector management experience.MA in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin.
Timothy Hagan
Cleveland, Ohio
Over 40 years of civic leadership, including 24 years as a Cuyahoga County Commissioner (12 years as President of the Board) and service on several national and local civic boards (e.g., the RFK Foundation and Cleveland Metro Hospital).BA Political Science from Cleveland State University.
William Kuehling
St. Louis, Missouri
Senior Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP with over 35 years of legal and public sector experience (e.g., St. Louis Public Safety Director and St. Louis Board of Education member).MBA from Washington University and JD from Georgetown University.
Jeffry Melville
Seattle, Washington
Financial manager with Boeing and over 30 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors, including Weyerhaeuser, Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse.MBA from University of Colorado, CPA and CFA.
Mack Pearsall
Asheville, North Carolina
President, Pearsall Operating Company, a holding company for hotels, auto dealerships and other ventures, former Vice-Chair of the North Carolina Progress Board and long-time civic leader.JD from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Karl Singleton
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Harrisburg and over 15 years of experience as and educator and school administrator.MA in Education and BS in Secondary Education from Clarion University.

The board makes policy decisions that guide Civic Way’s operations. It sets organizational policies, oversees the Executive Director, approves major contracts and monitors activities.  It has adopted a business plan as well as bylaws and other policies governing board authority, selection and meetings, managerial duties and operating controls.

our team

Bob Melville, Civic Way’s founder, has over 45 years of public sector experience, with an MPA and JD. He managed government consulting projects for two national firms, including PWC, for 13 years.  He has helped many public sector agencies, including federal entities (e.g., Amtrak and Interior), states (e.g., Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico), cities (e.g., Los Angeles, St. Louis, San Antonio and Denver), counties (e.g., Orange and Hillsborough), and others (e.g.,  District of Columbia, Chicago Public Schools, Denver Regional Transportation District and South Broward Hospital District).  He also has served many governing boards (e.g., community college, public pension board and health care agency).

Civic Way has assembled a large team of dedicated professionals with a life-long commitment to the public sector, and extensive experience with states, localities and nonprofits throughout the US. As such, Civic Way understands what it takes to make government accountable, civic leaders effective and communities more competitive. To find an advisor for your community, just scan the Civic Way resources listed below.

NameAreaCurrent StatusCareer SummarySpecial ExpertiseOther Credentials
Bruce AndersonCharlottePrincipal, Andiaz GroupProject manager for state and local agencies (e.g., colleges, schools, cities and counties) and CIO for large utility firmsState and local government, utilities, technology and broadbandMBA
Larry AvilaClevelandIndependent management consultantAccounting and financial management for large public transit system and project manager for financial, payment and capital systemsPublic sector accounting, revenue management, budgeting and transitBA, Accounting
Dempsey BentonRaleighIndependent management consultantProven executive public sector management experience, including city and state agenciesMunicipal operations, environment, health and human servicesMBA
Joan BraySt. LouisCivic leaderNonprofit executive, term-limited state legislator (Senator and Representative), adjunct faculty, nonprofit board member and journalistStrategic communications and urban planningMA
Ben BrownAshevillePartner, PlaceMakersCommunications advisor for urban planning firm & many public and non-profit enities and ex-journalist (e.g., USA TODAY)Strategic communications and urban planningMA
Kelly Clark BoldtChapel HillIndependent financial advisorFinancial manager and advisor for public and non-profit entities, including cities, states and educational entitiesPublic finance, capital project management and real estateMPA, MA Public Policy
Courtney CrowderRaleighPrincipal, Crowder ConsultingState government experience (e.g., Governor's Office) and strategic communications work for private firmsPublic affairs, government relations and political strategyMA
JB CulpepperChapel HillIndependent planning consultantEx-city Planning Director, with broad growth management, comprehensive planning and neighborhood planning experienceSmall area planning, transportation and affordable housingMaster Urban Regional Planning
Matt DhillonLos AngelesPrincipal, Dhillon Management ServicesExtensive local government management, operations improvement and project management experiencePublic safety, public works, parks, recreation, community development and service costingMPA
Emilio EchaveCharlotteManaging Director, Blue Moon RisingFounder or co-founder of health care start-ups and senior executive with wireless firms (e.g., AT&T)Accounting, finance, sales, distribution and supply chain managementMBA and CPA
Ira FormanDCIndependent consultant and facultySenior level federal government and nonprofit management experience, including US State Department and US Office of PersonnelPublic and nonprofit sector management, human resources and anti-semitism trainingMBA
Wilfredo HonoresCharlotteIndependent management consultantExecutive management for Baker Hughes and other public and private sector energy entities (quality control, construction, safety and security)Project management, public utilities and EPA/OSHA compliance
Mike KoettingChicagoHealth Care ConsultantVP of Planning at University of Chicago Medical Center and Deputy Director for Planning at Illinois Department of Health and Family ServicesHealthcare planning, hospital administration and Medicaid expansion and administrationPhD in Sociology from Harvard with healthcare specialization
Doug McArthurDenverSenior Manager, OracleSenior management experience (e.g., Oracle and PWC) and strategic technology expertise (e.g., AB, BP, Exxon, Egypt, S&P and Sprint)Strategic management, software marketing and cloud consultingMBA
Henry McKoyDurhamProfessor and Entrepreneurship Director, NCCU Business SchoolAssistant Secretary of Commerce for state, banking executive (operations, finance and technology) and entrepreneurPublic policy, community development, finance and nonprofit leadershipPhD, MS
Wes MelvilleDCIndependent business consultantBusiness planning, marketing and operations consulting for public and private sectors (e.g., Booz Allen Hamilton, ASHOKA and China-based marketing firm)Strategic planning, marketing and business process improvementMBA
Travis MillerBostonIndependent public sector consultantPublic sector consultant (planning, assessing and improving public service delivery, operations and management)Public safety, public finance and economic analysisMS, Public Policy
David NwokochaRaleighManaging Director, XCEL ConsultingManagement consultant and private executive (Strategy Director, Product Manager and Sales Manager)Leadership development, talent management, process improvement and technologyMBA
Lindsay PaceChattanoogaEnvironmental consultantVoter engagement and environmental action consulting and nonprofit management (e.g., Clean TN)Non-profit management and environmental educationBS, Sociology
Betsy RevealSt. PaulIndependent management consultantProject manager for public sector entities and senior executive experience (e.g., CFO for Amtrak, DC, Philadelphia, Seattle, JFK School & UN Foundation)Public finance, budgeting, human services and change managementMPA and MSW
Dennis RocheClevelandIndependent consultant and board member (Medical Mutual)COO, Greater Cleveland Growth Association, campaign manager for stadium financing and CFO for local government entitiesCommunity marketing, economic development, public sector budgeting and public financeMA Accounting and CPA
Kari SederburgLansingHealthy Aging Director, MI Health Endowment FundManager and program director for state government and nonprofit aging and health care entitiesState health care, aging and budget managementMPA
Peg SeibelClevelandCivic volunteerPublic school principal and teacher for diverse student populations and transition leader for closed schoolsPublic education (K-12) and civic engagementMEA
Karl SingletonHarrisburgIndependent diversity consultantMayoral advisor, school administrator and community leaderCivic leadership, civic engagement and diversity managementMA, Education
Mike SudsinaClevelandPrincipal, Sudsina and AssociatesFinancial advisor for many cities, counties, schools and special districts, and countless public financingsPublic finance, debt structuring and credit rating presentationsMBA and CPA
Robbyn WahbySt. LouisExecutive Director, Missouri Charter Public School CommissionDeputy Chief of Staff, City of St. Louis and manager for other civic entities (e.g., University of Missouri-St. Louis, Family Investment Trust and CORO)Public administration, public policy, public education, leadership development and technologyMA, Public Policy Administration
Richard WatkinsChapel HillFounder, Span and Faculty, UNC-Chapel HillYoung scholar development (e.g., research, graduate program and community service support)Project management, data analysis, survey design and entrepreneurshipPhD
Al YatesFort CollinsAdvisor, Bohemian CompaniesSenior level leadership for universities, public boards and nonprofits (e.g., President Emeritus, Colorado State University)Public policy, higher education, health care and executive transitionPhD