Troy Lillebo, assistant vice chancellor for external relations, has been appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James to serve on the mayor’s “Challenge Cabinet,” a group of 30 young professionals that will act as an advisory panel to the city’s government. Lillebo will serve on the new cabinet, charged with transforming the way City Hall approaches problems and working to develop efficient, effective and enhanced municipal operations. Mayor James announced the appointment at his March 19 State of the City address.
The cabinet is comprised of people who “exhibit a passion for civic duty, and the creativity and ingenuity necessary to confront the complex problems of our City,” according to a press release announcing the search for members earlier this year. “I want to demonstrate how city government can be inspired by the collaboration of people from different industries and walks of life who use their talents for the betterment of our City and community,” Mayor James said in the release. The Challenge Cabinet will have access to a number of resources in Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community, including UMKC’s Digital Sandbox, the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Google Fiber.
Lillebo has been at the university for nine years, and has served in a variety of offices, including student affairs and the chancellor’s office, before joining the university advancement team. He and his UMKC staff manage many of the constituent relationships for the campus, our stewardship office and the university’s special events and conference services. He is staff liaison to the UMKC Board of Trustees and is the campus’ government relations liaison.