The Martin City Community Improvement District (MCCID) has hired Marla Duck to be the new Executive Director of the district. Duck replaces Missy Wilson who recently accepted a position as the City of Raytown’s Economic Development Administrator after four years of service to the CID.
The Martin City CID is a 300 + acre business district in South Kansas with over 80 businesses located within its boundaries. Duck’s role will be to serve as a liaison on behalf of CID members to the City of KCMO and Jackson County on all Martin City infrastructure design and construction needs. She will also facilitate monthly board meetings and all district event plans.
Duck was most recently the Donor Development Administrator at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy where she provided event coordination and logistics for events as large as 800 guests. Her focus was on fundraising, budgeting, expense tracking, and donor recognition, which are all skills needed to be successful as our district’s Executive Director!
She has also assisted with fundraising and event planning efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Kansas City Chorale, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Medical Missions Foundation, and AT&T. She was named Woman of the Year for the KC Autism Center in 2011 for achievement in fundraising and was recognized as a top fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Heart of America Chapter for five years in a row.
Duck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Speech Pathology/Audiology from the University of Missouri and was specially trained in Information Systems Technology from MIT, Cambridge, MA while working with AT&T’s IT staff. She has also been extensively educated in Corporate management, sales, marketing, and negotiation from her days at AT&T and IBM.
Duck has two children: a son, Brentton, an avid KU Jayhawk fan, and a dog-child, Zoe, the German Shepherd.
“At one time, we had two REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets) greyhounds as part of our family along with an African Grey parrot,” said Duck. “As you might guess, I have a soft heart for dog-children and animals, to the extent of volunteering for REGAP (Retired Greyhounds as Pets) and MOGS (Missouri German Shepherd Rescue)!”
We’re big fans of Wayside Waifs and KC Pet Project here in Martin City and we’re more than happy to have more animal lovers in the mix! Just wait until she sees how many animals we have in our annual Irishpalooza parade!
Duck says she plans to continue focusing on current CID initiatives, especially on efforts to complete construction along 135th Street to Hwy. 150. She will also be aggressively recruiting prospective new businesses and developers to invest in Martin City.
“My goal is to continue improvements to livability, beautification, publicity, and tourism to this incredible neighborhood,” said Duck. “I look forward to working with and receiving input from the businesses and community that are part of Martin City.”
We are excited to welcome Marla as our new District Executive Director and look forward to working with her to continue to grow Martin City. If you would like to get to know her better, please visit her LinkedIn profile.