Catherine Gilbert Appointed to St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission

Gilbert is the first woman appointed to the commission

St. Louis, MO – Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Catherine Gilbert to the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC). Gilbert was appointed by Mayor Francis Slay, who has partnered with Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project, in order to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

Catherine Gilbert

Catherine Gilbert

“As the youngest applicant and the first woman appointee to the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, Catherine Gilbert will bring a fresh perspective to the issues facing the commission,” said Mayor Francis Slay. “Her experience in urban planning and investment in the future of St. Louis will greatly benefit the commission and the people it serves.” 

“Catherine will be a valuable addition to the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission. We at the Women’s Foundation are pleased that Mayor Slay and the City of St. Louis continue to increasingly promote qualified women to leadership roles on boards and commissions,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation.

Catherine Gilbert works as the Director of Engagement at Elements Partnership. She is co-founder of the Gravois Initiative, a grassroots, citizen-led initiative to create a comprehensive plan for the Gravois corridor in the City of St. Louis. Through this effort, she engaged more than 200 stakeholders and developed and presented a plan to the Missouri Department of Transportation and the St. Louis City Street Department. She received a Masters of Arts in Urban Planning and Development from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Political Science from Trinity University. 

“I am honored to be the first woman appointed to the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission,” Gilbert said. “Transportation is vital to a modern, urban community, and I am excited to bring a new perspective. While we work towards maintaining standards for safe transit options, we must help the MTC and Saint Louis usher in a new era of transportation.”

The Women’s Foundation Appointments Project serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The Women’s Foundation guides women through the process of applying for these positions.

Thirty-two (32) women have been appointed to boards and commissions in Missouri and Kansas as a result of the Appointments Project since its launch in the spring of 2014. The Appointments Project is currently active in helping recruit and train more women to serve on boards and commission for the States of Missouri and Kansas, St. Louis County, and the Cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, MO, and Olathe, KS.

The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy, and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at