American Public Square is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. We bring together non-like-minded people to create a forum for fact-based, civil conversation about national, regional, and local issues.

Our programs have featured national figures such as Kathleen Sebelius, John Danforth, and Kris Kobach; experts from groups such as the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, the Center for American Progress,  and the National Council of La Raza; community figures such as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Rep. Kevin Yoder, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Mayor Sly James, Councilwoman Jolie Justus, and the Rev. Adam Hamilton; and thousands of residents from throughout Kansas City. We come together to talk about topics such as immigration, healthcare, the minimum wage, race relations, poverty, and education in the nation and in the metro.

One way we do this is our “Dinner at the Square” series where people of opposing backgrounds and opinions come together over a meal to learn to relate to each other without having to agree on the issue being discussed. Dinner is followed by a moderated panel discussion with questions from the audience. The panels represent a broad range of political and ideological perspectives on the topics being discussed. We utilize on-site fact checkers during the panel, discourage applause during the conversation, and employ a “civility bell” which is rung if the conversation becomes less than civil.

Allan Katz, United States Ambassador to Portugal (2010-2013) and University of Missouri Kansas City Distinguished Professor, founded American Public Square in Kansas City. He was also a co-founder of the Village Square in Tallahassee.

STAFF

Ambassador Allan Katz

Ambassador Allan Katz

Founder

Kim Jacobs

Kim Jacobs

Executive Director
kjacobs@americanpublicsquare.org
(816) 235.5066

Jeff Fendorf

Jeff Fendorf

Program Manager
jfendorf@americanpublicsquare.org
(816) 235-5064

Alana Muller

Alana Muller

Community Development Director
alana@americanpublicsquare.org
(816)235-5065

Marlys Shulda

Marlys Shulda

Community Development Coordinator
mshulda@americanpublicsquare.org
(816) 235-5065

Carol Robinson

Carol Robinson

Program Coordinator
crobinson@americanpublicsquare.org
(816) 235-5067

Monte Holman

Monte Holman

Communications Coordinator
mholman@americanpublicsquare.org
(816)235-6238

Kaylee Peile

Kaylee Peile

Research Intern
gst-kpeile@umkc.edu

ADVISORY BOARD

Mary Bloch, Co-Chair

The Honorable Peggy Dunn, Co-Chair

Mr. Irvin V. Belzer 
Ms. Carrie Coogan
Mr. Curt Crespino 
Ms. Corey Dillon 
Dr. Tamara Falicov
Mrs. SuEllen Fried
Mr. Nick Haines 
Dr. Scott T. Helm
Mr. Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.
Ms. Gloria Jackson-Leathers
Ms. Joanne Katz 
Mr. Ward Katz 
Mr. William B. Kort 
Ms. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner 
Ms. Janet Mark 
Mrs. Marti McLarney
Mrs. Mary Kay McPhee 
Dr. Michael McShane
Mr. Ramon Murguia 
Mrs. Sally Murguia 
Ms. Sue Nerman 
Dr. Nicholas C. Peroff 
Ms. Annie Presley
Mrs. Ann Regnier
Mr. Steve Roling 
Mr. Daniel Rosenfield 
Ms. Mahnaz M. Shabbir 
Mr. Marvin S. Szneler 
Mr. Wim Van Klinken 
Dr. Wayne Vaught 
Mr. David Westbrook 
Mr. Phil Witt