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2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Kansas City John Fierro

Director Comey and John Fierro

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The Kansas City Division honors John Fierro, a community leader and president and chief executive officer of The Mattie Rhodes Center.

As a bilingual, non-profit organization, The Mattie Rhodes Center works to enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities in a respectful, multi-cultural environment. The center offers cultural programming in four areas: family services (behavioral health, family violence, substance abuse), youth services (in-school intervention, youth development, supportive living), community support (health and wellness, community engagement), and cultural arts (arts education, exhibits, and collections).

Mr. Fierro is also involved in many community and civic groups in Kansas City, including Mayor Sly James’ Task Force for the Arts, the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of Kansas City, the Kansas City Metro Community Mental Health Stakeholders, the Jackson County Safe Family Coalition, the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Group, and the Guadalajara Sister City Committee.

Mr. Fierro formerly held the position of president of the Kansas City Parks and Recreation board of commissioners. In that capacity, he assisted the FBI and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association with the group’s 2010 national community engagement project.


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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