ArtsKC Advocacy Committee Members

A positive relationship with local governments is essential for the arts to thrive in any community. At ArtsKC, advocacy is one of the foundational pillars of our mission to unleash the power of the arts. Dedicated staff and members of the Advocacy Committee work closely with local, regional, and national governments and officials to promote policies that benefit all sectors of the arts community of our region.

Interested in learning more about the committee? Email Branden Haralson at

Erin Brower

Government & Community Affairs Director
Hallmark Cards, Inc

Mike Burke

Mike Burke, LLC

Pam Curtis

Representative- District 32
State of Kansas

Brad Douglas

Heartland Credit Union Association

Ashley Hand

Director, Strategic Communications
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas

Maureen Mahoney

Chief of Staff to Mayor David Alvey
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas

Angela Markley

County Commissioner
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas

Glenda Masters

Cultural Arts Manager
City of Lee’s Summit

Tracie McClendon-Cole

Deputy Director of Health
Kansas City Missouri Health Department

Steve McDowell

Principal, Director of Design
BNIM Architects

David Oliver

Senior Partner
Berkowitz Oliver LLP

Ed Peterson

Attorney at Law

Greg Razer

Senator – District 7
State of Missouri

Bety Le Shackelford

Actor & Activist
SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association

James Shackelford

Sr. Student Recruitment Specialist
UMKC School of Medicine

David Slater

City of Pleasant Valley, Missouri

Jon Stephens – Chair

President & CEO
Port KC

Sarah VanLanduyt

Executive Director
Arts Council of Johnson County

Jennifer Wampler

Chief Development Officer
KC Ballet

Eileen Weir

City of Independence, Missouri

Hannes Zacharias

Professor of Practice
The University of Kansas

Staff Members

Dana Knapp
President & CEO
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council

Branden Haralson
Communications Manager, Engagement & Public Policy
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council