NCL President Gloria Rubio-Cortés has devoted her career to promoting good government, civil rights, community building, civic engagement and social justice issues. Before joining NCL, she held senior management positions at the Community Technology Foundation of California and Levi Strauss Foundation and worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and National Council of La Raza.
She has served on numerous boards, including as Board Chair of the National Center for Community Education and member of the Council on Foundations’ Film and Video Festival Awards committee. She is co-author of The Civic Index: Measuring Your Community’s Civic Health, 2nd ed. (Denver: National Civic League, 1999) and “Questions to Ask: Components of the Civic Index,” National Civic Review 88 (Winter 1999): 271-292.
She has an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Journalism.
As Senior Editor of the National Civic League, Michael McGrath edits the award-winning National Civic Review, a 99-year-old quarterly civic affairs journal, and is the organization’s chief blogger. Before joining NCL, he was a reporter and feature writer for Westword newspaper in Colorado and an associate editor of the East Bay Express in Berkeley/Oakland California, covering environmental policy and local and state government. His free-lance articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers and online publications. Recently, he researched and authored a report on local government and civic engagement for PACE: Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. He has a Master’s degree is from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor’s degree (General and Comparative Studies) from the University of Texas, Austin.