Engaging the public for public good.

Our Team

Joshua Chittum

Executive Director

Joshua is a current instructor in Peace Studies at Avila University, and an educator and collaborator at heart. Before Avila, Joshua was the Children's Program Manager at Community LINC, a local re-housing organization. He has also taught 3rd grade with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and instructed non-traditional students pursuing their high school diplomas though Johnson County Community College. In May of 2021, Joshua completed his Master's of Education in Social & Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Kansas. His concentration was in peace education and his thesis was entitled Peace for Racial Progress: Exploring the Integration of Peace and Antiracist Education.
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Michael Knabel


UMKC Collaborative to Advance Health Services

Andrea Generaux

Vice President & Civility Awards Co-Chair

Livable Neighborhoods

Therese Bigelow


Tim Soden

Co-treasurer, Advisory Board Member

Skivers Corp. (Advisory Board member)

Rebecca Brown

Secretary & Civility Awards Co-Chair

Asthma Ready Communities

Kim Gile

Board Member

Kansas City Public Library

Vince LaTona

Board Member

LaTona Architects

Juliann Van Liew

Board Member

Unified Government Public Health Department

Daniel Cash

Board Member

University of Missouri Extension

Shakedra Knight

Board Member

City of Parkville

Patty Markley

Board Member

Enterprise Center of Johnson County

We’re recruiting new board members!

Are you interested in helping to advance the mission of Consensus to “put the public in public policy”? You’re in luck – we’re recruiting new board members! We believe that through community engagement focused on giving people a voice in the decisions that affect their lives we can strengthen the civic fabric. We facilitate dialogue and public engagement on issues in Kansas City and the region. We promote civility in public discourse and honor those who attempt it at our annual Civility Awards. Our unique business model enables us to seek out earned income through consulting work in addition to philanthropic support. Board members serve terms of up to three years. We ask all board members to commit to attending at least 75% of the meetings, participate in committee work and Consensus events, and making a meaningful annual financial contribution to the organization (suggestion is $100). Expected time commitment is 4-6 hours a month. For more information please email [email protected].

Serve on the Board of Directors for Consensus KC

Please fill out this application to express your interest