Ms. Daffney Moore serves as a Board member. She has an extensive background in City government in the St. Louis region. Ms. Moore is the City Manager of East St. Louis. In her short time as City Manager, Ms. Moore has worked to reduce the city’s budget deficit, bring audits up-to-date, and secure five areas within the city for Opportunity Zones to encourage long-term investment and create jobs in low-income areas.
She is the former City Administrator for the City of Dellwood, Missouri where she had general superintending control of the administration and management of the government, businesses, officers, and employees of the city. Ms. Moore led the ongoing recovery efforts after the Ferguson, Missouri civil unrest and achieved great success in revitalizing the corner of West Florissant & Chambers and areas along the West Florissant Avenue Corridor.
Ms. Moore previously worked as the Economic Development Director for the City of Berkeley. Before working for Berkeley, she served as an Urban Planner with the City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency. She worked on projects that address problems dealing with urban growth, revitalization, housing and commercial development to address social and economic issues in minority communities. Ms. Moore has helped to bring two major mixed-use, mixed-income development projects to realization in St. Louis; Arlington Grove and North Sarah. In addition, she worked with the City of St. Louis on the Promise Zone Implementation, Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard redevelopment, as well as the Lansdowne Initiative and Our Town grant in East St. Louis.
Ms. Moore continuously strives to "open doors" for the disenfranchised and underrepresented communities through volunteerism and advocacy. She is an active leader through her civic commitment, leadership and dedication to improving the quality of life for underserved communities throughout the St. Louis Region. She gives back to the community through her involvement with the Locust Central Special Business District Board, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), American Planning Association, Crisis Nursery Advisory Board, Community Forward Inc, Urban League, Myrtle Hilliard Community Advisory Board, Murray State University Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Consortium for Leadership Development and New Life Community Church.
Her accomplishments to date include: 2017 – 95.5 The Lou Phenomenal Woman Award; 2016 – Missouri State University Panelist on Shattering the Silences; 2016 – Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice Program Presenter; 2015 -APA Dwight F. Davis Award Outstanding Planning Advocate; 2015 - Washington University Panelist called Focus: Ferguson & St. Louis Region; 2013 - USC Lusk Center Ross Minority Program in Real Estate; 2013 – NCNW Gateway Metropolitan Legacy Award Honoree; 2012-2013 – Consortium for Leadership Development; 2008-2012 – President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter; 2012 – Black Women Who Rock Honoree; 2012 – NCBW Mother’s Day Brunch Speaker; 2011- Marines Key Leaders Workshop; 2010-Keynote speaker for African-American Alumni Homecoming Banquet at Murray State University; 2010 - Recipient of the Unsung Heroine Award from the Top Ladies of Distinction St. Louis Chapter; 2008 - Invited to the White House to hear the President’s remarks on volunteering; 2005 - Nominated by her peers to participate in the nationally recognized Coro Women in Leadership Program; 2004 - Recognized by President Bush for her volunteerism with Connections to Success; and awarded both the Improving the Quality of Life Award for community service and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Award by Jackson State University.
Ms. Moore is currently pursuing her PH.D.in Public Policy with a concentration on Local Government Management for Sustainable Communities. She holds a Master of Arts from Jackson State University in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Science from Murray State University in Organizational Communications. Ms. Moore is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois.
As a Director, her duties are spelled out in our bylaws, and include attending meetings of our board of directors and voting on board decisions. Ms. Moore receives no compensation of any kind, and performs her duties on an “as needed” basis.