Public Policy Committees

Public Policy Council

Exclusive membership council that supports Chamber’s advocacy programs at all levels of government.

Chair/Co-Chair: Richard Martin, JE Dunn

Kansas State Affairs Committee

Advises and guides KC Chamber Public Policy in Kansas.

  • Chair: David Waters, Lathrop Gage

Missouri State Affairs Committee

Advises and guides KC Chamber Public Policy in Missouri.

  • Chair/CoChair: Melissa Panettiere, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Kansas City Missouri Business Leadership Council (KCMOBLC)

Advises and guides KC Chamber on business trends, opportunities and challenges in Kansas City, MO.

Chair/Co-Chair: David Frantze, Stinson Leonard Street

Kansas City, Missouri Committee

Allows connection and interaction between Chamber members and city officials and other community leaders.

  • Chair: Pat Contreras, Director of Business Development, McCown Gordon Construction

Workforce Development Committee

Advises and guides Chamber’s work in improving access to a ready and qualified workforce.

  • Chair: Jim Jamieson, Honeywell

Transportation Committee

Advises and guides Chamber’s Transportation Big 5 and state and federal transportation policy.

  • Chair/Co-Chairs: Mike DeBacker, Burns & McDonnell / Scott Smith, HNTB (retired)

Aviation Committee

Advises and guides Chamber’s Aviation policy.

  • CoChair: Carl Wilkes, Garmin / John Peterzalek, Cerner

Real Estate Committee

Advises and guides Chamber’s Real Estate policy.

  • Chair/CoChair: David Harrison, VanTrust Real Estate

Financial Services Committee

Advises and guides Chamber’s Financial Services policy.

  • Chair/Co-Chair: Paul Thompson, Country Club Bank

Superintendent’s Forum

Advises and guides Chamber’s education and school board policy.

  • Chair: Dr. Kenny Southwick, Executive Director, Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City

Military Affairs Committee

Advises and guides Chamber’s Military Affairs policy.

  • CoChair: Kirby Brown, Park University / Terry Dunn, DD Ranch

Workforce Opportunities for Returning Citizens (W.O.R.C.)

Connects the business community to formerly incarcerated men and women to give them meaningful jobs.

  • CoChair: Jeff Simon, Husch Blackwell
  • CoChair: Jean Paul Bradshaw, Lathrop Gage

Related Resources

Below you will find links to Public Policy Committee presentations and documents.