Immediate Past Chair
Luke is Managing Director of Strategy and Government Relations for OpenCities a Kansas City and Melbourne, Australia based government technology firm. Previously Luke served as the Senior Director of Government Relations at Code For America, an organization that helped build open-source technology while empowering residents to take an active role in their community to make government services simple, effective, and easy-to-use. Luke has 12 years of experience in executing growth strategies for start-ups, including not-for-profit and Fortune 500 companies and that work, in addition to his role at CWC-KC landed him on the Top Connectors list in the Kansas City education and entrepreneurship community. He’s been recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by the National Conference for Community and Justice, named a Rising Star of Philanthropy, and appointed as a Commissioner to the Housing Authority of Kansas City. Luke is also a member of the advisory boards for KC Digital Drive and Neighborly, a San Francisco-based public finance start-up. He previously served on the Women’s Center Board at UMKC, Planned Parenthood, and was the founding chairman for Mayor Sly James’ Challenge Cabinet. Luke received a Bachelor of Science and Arts and an MBA from Rockhurst University where he was also recognized as the most outstanding student leader. Luke, his wife, and his daughter proudly live in the urban core of Kansas City - in Central Hyde Park.