Margaret Hales Joins CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation as Executive Director

Hales leaves post as deputy executive director of East-West Gateway to lead effort to transform the Gateway Arch grounds

(ST. LOUIS) April 12, 2012 – CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, the non-profit organization coordinating the effort to enhance the Arch experience for visitors and residents, announced today that Margaret “Maggie” Hales is joining the organization as its Executive Director. Hales is joining the Foundation from her post as Deputy Executive Director of East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization.

“We are excited Maggie will bring her leadership experience, abilities and passion for St. Louis to the organization,” said Walter L. Metcalfe, Jr., chairman of the board for the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. “CityArchRiver and the entire region will benefit from Maggie’s background working with multiple agencies to make complex projects a reality.”

Hales has worked with East-West Gateway since 2004, serving as the organization’s Interim Executive Director from July 2009 through November 2010. She joined the organization as Deputy Director of the St. Louis Area Regional Response System before becoming East-West Gateway’s Deputy Executive Director. Before joining East-West Gateway, she worked as an attorney in private practice and as in-house counsel for May Department Stores Company.

“I am thrilled at the prospect of helping create a lasting legacy of this magnitude for the St. Louis region,” said Hales. “I am a native St. Louisan who remembers the construction of the Arch and all the excitement that came with its completion. All great metropolitan regions have a strong welcoming center and CityArchRiver 2015 will help ensure that strength and enhance the economic health of the region for decades to come.”

Hales will be tasked with leading the Foundation and helping to coordinate the efforts of the National Park Service, Missouri Department of Transportation, Great Rivers Greenway, City of St. Louis, Metro East Park and Recreation District, and the many other partners involved in the CityArchRiver 2015 project.

“In Maggie Hales, CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation is getting both a diligent, detailed-oriented task master and someone who never loses sight of the greater good and the regional impact of important issues,” said Edward Hillhouse, executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. “She is well suited for this new job revitalizing and reconnecting the arch, the river and the region, as she is well grounded in her work over the last eight years at East-West Gateway. She will be missed here as much as she will be appreciated and needed in her new position.”

Hales will start work at CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation on May 1.

For more information about CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation and the effort to connect, invigorate and expand the Arch grounds and its surroundings, please visit