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Mark Funkhouser

Former Publisher

Mark Funkhouser, a former publisher of Governing magazine, is president of Funkhouser & Associates, LLC, an independent consulting firm focused on helping public officials and their private-sector partners create better, more fiscally sustainable communities. He served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 2007 to 2011. Prior to being elected mayor, Funkhouser was the city's auditor for 18 years and was honored in 2003 as a Governing Public Official of the Year. Before becoming publisher of Governing, he served as director of the Governing Institute.

Funkhouser is an internationally recognized auditing expert, author and teacher in public administration and its fiscal disciplines. He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public administration and sociology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, an M.B.A. in accounting and finance from Tennessee State University, and a master's degree in social work from West Virginia University.

Public servants should work to restore people’s faith in government.
They need to correct the long history of discrimination baked into the system.
They're beginning to reshape local government in a big way.
A new crop is redefining the role.
For sustainability to be successful, it must also be affordable. Spokane, Wash.'s mayor thinks it can be.
The “theory of constraints” can help governments address the core of practically any problem.
Other places should emulate the state's model.
As a Tennessee agency has shown, employee engagement isn't unattainable.
Housing, jobs and health care depend on it. Pittsburgh has become a national leader in setting clear, intuitive transportation goals.
Graphic images galvanized the civil-rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War. That's what we need to get serious about gun control.