About Councilman Barnes
Lee Barnes, Jr. represents Kansas City’s 5th District at-large. For the 2015-2019 council term, Mayor Sly James has appointed Barnes as Vice Chair of the Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee. He is also a member of the Finance and Governance Committee and the Youth Development Committee.
Lee is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Kansas City Public Schools and earned an Engineering degree from Kansas State University.
Lee is currently the Director of Operations for the Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room, Inc., a non-profit organization whose goal is to transform neighborhoods by developing educational programs, providing a child development center and rehabilitating abandoned housing.
Lee served as an At-Large member of the Kansas City Missouri School District Board of Education. While on the school board, Lee was elected to the position of Treasurer and served as the Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee. He currently serves as Vice President of the Building Corporation Board for the Kansas City Public Schools. In addition, Lee served on the Tax Increment Finance Commission and is currently the Chairman of the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority.