Bobbie Hill leads engagement and planning work at Concordia. A natural connector,
Bobbie is expert at facilitating public meetings, listening to community voices and
encouraging open and honest communication. Bobbie has developed Concordia’s
planning process over the course of dozens of projects around the country, honing
her methodology and approach while always remaining open to adapting to the
nuances of diverse places and citizens.
Th rough the application of the Concordia Nexus Planning Model, Bobbie works
with communities to help them realize their potential through consensus building
and collaboration. She is committed to public scholarship by helping communities
become healthy civil societies that are interconnected – not homogeneous – but
In order to expand on her knowledge of community planning, Bobbie participated
in a two week Women’s Leadership Journey in South Africa led by internationally
known author and organizational development consultant, Margaret Wheatley.
Bobbie’s learning and experiences on this trip and other collaborations with Meg
have greatly informed Concordia’s ongoing participatory planning and design work
in New Orleans post Katrina and other urban and rural communities.
Project work has taken her from the Unified New Orleans Plan in South Louisiana to the Waianae Coast of Oahu, HI; inner city neighborhoods of Philadelphia; the school district of Camden, NJ; Los Angeles and Oakland, CA; rural Wisconsin Rapids, WI; among many other places.
While Bobbie brought her expertise in engagement, leadership, capacity building,
and planning for these communities, those communities have taught Bobbie, and
Concordia, so much about the richness, resiliency, and power of communities.
Currently, Bobbie is collaborating with visiting scholars at the Stanford Global
Projects Center, researching the positive impact of public engagement in the design
process. Bobbie recently presented at the Impact Alpha Conference at Stanford to
discuss the benefit of crowd-co design through robust community engagement. She
also participated in research to study Public Participation Law and Policy conducted
by the Kettering Foundation.
Council of Education Facility Planners International
American Planning Association
Coalition for Community Schools Partner
West Virginia Humanities Council (WVHC) Board of Directors 1994-1999
Advantage Valley, Community and Economic Development Partnership, Strategic
Planning Committee, 1999, Huntington, Putnam County and Metro Charleston, WV
Executive committee, SEMC 1996-1999
Board member SEMC 1990-1996
Program committee SEMC 1994-95
WVHC Institutional Advancement Committee Chair 1997-1998
Board member West Virginia Arts Advocacy Committee1994-99
President, West Virginia Association of Museums (WVAM) 1994-96
First Vice President, WVAM 1990-1994
Treasurer, Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) 1996-1999
West Virginia Commission on the Arts, member by appointment of the Governor
American Association of Museums, member
Putnam County Rotary, Rotary Education Committee
Putnam County Chamber of Commerce
ArtsCore, WV arts networking group
WV Art Educators Association, National Art Educators Association