American Public Square is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. We organize programs that feature expert panelists and audience members with opposing views talking to each other, civilly, about controversial topics. Though these discussions may not always change minds, everyone walks away with a better understanding of the other side, a key step toward respect, compromise, and resolution.

Our programs have featured national figures such as Kathleen Sebelius, Deval Patrick, John Danforth, Howard Dean, Kris Kobach, Julie Rovner, Ivo Daalder, Margaret Talev, Tanner Kolby, and David Frum; experts from groups such as the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, the Center for American Progress, MIT, Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson Institute, and UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza); community figures such as Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Rep. Kevin Yoder, Colleen McCain Nelson, Valerie Nicholson-Watson, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, Mayor Sly James, Civil Rights attorney Arthur Benson, Councilwoman Jolie Justus, and the Rev. Adam Hamilton; and among others, thousands of residents from throughout the Kansas City Metro Area.

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.

STAFF

Ambassador Allan Katz

Ambassador Allan Katz

Founder

Jeff Fendorf

Jeff Fendorf

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

Alana Muller

Alana Muller

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

2019 Advisory Board

Bill Kort, chair

Mary Birch
Monica Curls
Denise Dowd
Tamara Falicov
SuEllen Fried
Wallace Hartsfield
Jenny Isenberg
Ron Jones
Mary Jorgensen
Sofia Kahn
Allan Katz
Janet Mark
Terry Matlack
Martina McLarney
Mike McShane
Ramon Murguia
Sally Murguia
Sue Seidler Nerman
Daniel Rosenfield
Elizabeth Sites
David Smith
Cynthia Spaeth
Marvin Szneler
Ursula Terrasi
Wim van Klinken
Wayne Vaught
David Westbrook
Jerry White

 

2019 Board of Directors

Allan J. Katz, President

Irvin V. Belzer
Peggy J. Dunn
Rebecca Hall
Ward Katz
Bill Kort
Leo Morton
Colleen Nelson
Ann Regnier
Paul Russell
Alicia Starr
Joni Wickham