Bev Livingston has always been drawn to people, from her early days as director of the Greater Kansas City YMCA to her time as an insurance broker with Mutual Benefit Life to her current ownership of BL Associates, a public relations consulting firm. Along the way, she raised two children, Kenya and Lance. She became involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 1994, after Kenya was killed by a drunk driver. Livingston served as chapter president and was elected as Missouri State Chairperson of MADD. Her efforts in Jefferson City have helped push through the legislation that lowered the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit from .10 to .08.
She currently is founder and Chief Advocate for MISD which stands for Mothers of Incarcerated Sons and Daughters. This advocacy support group assists families and persons dealing with incarceration and re-entry into the community. Livingston spends time lobbying in Jefferson City for prison legislative reforms and other efforts seeking “justice for all.”
Livingston is especially passionate about young people. She encourages them to become involved in the community, make smart decisions, and participate at the highest educational levels possible. “People say the next generation will provide the leaders of tomorrow,” she says. “I want them to be leaders of today.”