Alissia Canady – Public Service

Alissia Canaday

Alissia Canady is an attorney in private practice. She was elected in 2015 to the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri to represent the Fifth Council District. Prior to being elected, she was an assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County. Recently, she was a candidate in the 2019 mayoral primary and the first African American woman to receive the Kansas City Star’s endorsement for mayor. Alissia is an advocate for victims and has worked with neighborhood leaders implementing crime prevention initiatives. As a career public servant and entrepreneur, she is committed to

growing the city by using the balanced approach of public investment in economic development. As a leader, she has supported policies that benefit hard-working taxpayers. Alissia graduated from USD School of Law in 2010. While at USD, she was president of the Black Law Student Association and participated in the law school mentor program and has since traveled internationally. She has gained exposure to varying regional and cultural experiences that lend to her perspective on public policy issues.

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Professional Achievement

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