Bobbie Hill leads Concordia’s engagement work. A natural connector, Bobbie is expert at facilitating public meetings, listening to community voices and encouraging open and honest communication. Over the course of dozens of projects around the country, Bobbie has honed Concordia’s engagement methodology and approach while at the same time adapting to the nuances of diverse places and citizens.
Through the application of the Concordia Nexus Planning Model, Bobbie works to help communities realize their potential through consensus building and collaboration. She is committed to helping communities become healthy civil societies that are interconnected and integrated.
Bobbie has been part of a Women’s Leadership Journey in South Africa led by internationally known author and organizational development consultant, Margaret Wheatley. Her 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.
Currently, Bobbie is collaborating with visiting scholars at the Stanford Global Projects Center, researching the positive impact of public engagement in the design process. She recently presented at the Impact Alpha Conference at Stanford on the benefit of crowd co-design through robust community engagement. She also engaged in research to study Public Participation Law and Policy conducted by the Kettering Foundation.
Bobbie is the oldest of 7, born in New Orleans and grew up in Central Louisiana. After graduation from Tulane University, she was part of a group that bought land in West Virginia in the mid 70’s. At present, 15 family households collectively own over 900 acres of beautiful woodsy land in the hills of WV. This is where her roots of community building are planted and continue to be at the core of her passion and commitment to making the world a better place.