David Warm

Executive Director, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)

As the chief executive of the metropolitan council of governments serving Greater Kansas City, Warm leads key regional planning and community development initiatives, as well as a broad range of regional functions that have become widely regarded for innovation and effectiveness in areas that include transportation, environmental protection, emergency management, aging services, early education and local government cooperative services.

Prior to coming to MARC, Warm was the city administrator at Liberty, Missouri, and he also served in administrative positions with the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

Warm is active in many civic groups and initiatives, including serving on the boards of area non-profit agencies addressing healthcare, education and community development, as well as the Hall Family Foundation. He is active in both state and national professional associations. He is an associate of the Citistates Group and a board member for the Alliance for Regional Stewardship. In 2006, he was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration. Also in 2006, Warm received the Walter Scheiber Leadership Award from the National Association of Regional Councils for making a significant impact in his region and at the national level. In May 2012, he was honored by Nonprofit Connect as the Professional of the Year. Warm has also served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Kansas Public Administration Department.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of California in Riverside.