KCATA Board of Commissioner Elects New Officers; Adds Two New Appointees

Posted on: Jan 27, 2021

(Kansas City, Mo. – Jan. 27, 2021) The Board of Commissioners of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) elected new officers at the Jan. 27, 2021, board meeting. The current Board Chair, Commissioner David Bower of Jackson County, Mo., will continue as Chair and Commissioner Melissa Bynum of Unified Government of Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kan., was re-elected Vice Chair. Commissioner Louie Wright of Clay County, Mo., was elected Treasurer and Commissioner Joe Peterson of the Unified Government was elected Secretary. The KCATA Board of Commissioners is made up of five people from Missouri and five from Kansas. Officers are nominated at the end of the year and officially elected in January of each year.

KCATA also welcomed two new commissioners to the board.

Tamika McClaine, small business owner, blogger and speaker, will represent Unified Government of Wyandotte County-Kansas City, Kan. McClaine has been a transit advocate for public school children for nearly a decade. She started in public service on her local school’s PTA Board. While working on the board of the Kansas City, Kan. PTA council, she pushed for parent involvement and safer routes to schools. She also served on the board of Drive Wisely - Wyandotte and was integral in helping get infrastructure improvements near local schools. 

John Stamm, Chief of Staff to Mayor Quinton Lucas, joins as the representative to Kansas City, Mo. Born and raised in KC, he graduated from UMKC with degrees in Philosophy and Business. While at UMKC, he founded a nonprofit tutoring company, helping hundreds of low-income students improve their ACT and SAT scores. After several positions in the nonprofit sector in St. Louis and New York City, he returned to his hometown to manage Quinton Lucas’ campaign for Mayor. In his current role, he has had the privilege to help lead Kansas City’s response to COVID-19, guide the office of the Mayor in responding to several crises, and provide direction on the long-term policy goals of the administration.

In 2021, KCATA Board of Commissioners meetings will be held bi-monthly.  Until further notice, all regular meetings, committee meetings and special meetings of the Board will be held via teleconference. For more information about the Board, visit our webpage for Board of Commissioners.  

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