Shannon Jaax, AICP

Kansas City Public Schools

    Shannon Jaax currently serves as the Director of Planning & Real Estate Services for Kansas City Public Schools, where she oversees the district’s planning efforts and manages the Repurposing Initiative, a nationally-recognized community-driven effort to repurpose 30 closed school sites.

    Shannon’s career has focused on community and economic development in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She served as a planner for the city of Kansas City, MO, and managed neighborhood revitalization programs at Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI). Shannon also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Slovakia where she developed a micro-lending program for rural women.

    Jaax currently serves as the Past President for the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and on the Advisory Boards for the University of Missouri at Kansas City, School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, and the Kansas City Design Center. Shannon received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California and a BSBA in International Business and Finance from American University, Washington DC.