American Public Square is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. We organize programs about community, health, education, civics, and faith. At our dinners, conversations, and meetings, panelists with opposing views engage with each other and the audience in civil discussion. If the tone of the conversation veers from civility, our audience members are there to ring the “civility bell,” which reminds everyone to take a deep breath and work together toward real, effective solutions to the issues at hand.

Our programs have featured national figures such as Howard Dean, 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.

Allan Katz, United States Ambassador to Portugal (2010-2013) and University of Missouri Kansas City Distinguished Professor, founded American Public Square in Kansas City in 2013. 


Ambassador Allan Katz

Ambassador Allan Katz


Ashley Beard-Fosnow

Ashley Beard-Fosnow

Executive Director
(816) 235-5066

Jeff Fendorf

Jeff Fendorf

Program Manager
(816) 235-5064

Alana Muller

Alana Muller

Community Development Director
(816) 235-5065

Marlys Shulda

Marlys Shulda

Community Development Coordinator
(816) 235-5065

Carol Robinson

Carol Robinson

Program Coordinator
(816) 235-5067

Monte Holman

Monte Holman

Communications Coordinator
(816) 235-6238

Kaylee Peile

Kaylee Peile

Project Coordinator



Mary Bloch, Co-Chair

The Honorable Peggy Dunn, Co-Chair

Mr. Irvin V. Belzer

Mr. Curt Crespino 

Dr. Denise Dowd

Ms. Denna Essa

Dr. Tamara Falicov

Mr. Adam Fichman

Mrs. SuEllen Fried

Mr. Nick Haines 

Mr. Wallace Hartsfield

Mr. Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.

Mr. Ron Jones

Ms. Sofia Khan

Mr. Ward Katz 

Mr. William B. Kort 

Ms. Janet Mark 

Mrs. Marti McLarney

Dr. Michael McShane

Mr. Ramon Murguia 

Mrs. Sally Murguia 

Ms. Sue Nerman 

Dr. Nicholas C. Peroff 

Mrs. Ann Regnier

Mr. Steve Roling 

Mr. Daniel Rosenfield 

Mr. David Smith

Mr. Marvin S. Szneler 

Ms. Ursula Terrasi

Mr. Wim Van Klinken 

Dr. Wayne Vaught 

Mr. David Westbrook 

Ms. Joni Wickham

Mr. Phil Witt