The National Civic League (NCL), one of the nation's oldest civic organizations, announced the retirement of its President, Gloria Rubio-Cortes. Rubio-Cortes served the organization with incredible vigor, passion and excellence for more than 17 years, the last eight as its president. She also held the title of Executive Editor of the National Civic Review
, the organization's 103-year old, award-winning journal. Her retirement is effective at the end of 2015.Rubio-Cortes is the first woman and the first person of color to lead the National Civic League in its 120-year history. Under her leadership, the organization increased its resources and programs promoting social justice, racial healing, youth civic leadership, healthy communities and grade-level reading. She reenergized the flagship program, the 67-year-old All-America City Awards
, by spotlighting the critical issues of the day and establishing philanthropic and local government partners. She partnered with universities and philanthropies to conduct new research on the fiscal sustainability of local government and gain new insights into the role of the whole community in education. She led the National Civic Review
's unprecedented series of special editions devoted to the 25th anniversary of the healthy communities movement, philanthropy and diversity, the role of public libraries in civic engagement, and social capital, immigration and diversity, among others.