Alissia Canady is an attorney and REALTOR in private practice. She was elected to the 2015-2019 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, as a candidate in the 2019 mayoral primary, Alissia is the first African American woman to receive the KC Star’s endorsement for Mayor.
Alissia is a proven advocate for victims and has worked with neighborhood leaders implementing crime prevention initiatives. As a career public servant and entrepreneur, Alissia is committed to growing our economy using the balanced approach of public/ private investments in economic development.
As a leader, Alissia has supported policies that are fair and benefit hard-working taxpayers. Alissia is no stranger to the value of education and hard work. She held a full-time job while attending Northeast High School and simultaneously supporting her family. Later, she spent time in the banking industry while putting herself through college at Park University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance.
For several years, Alissia ran her own small business in Midtown Kansas City learning the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurship first-hand. As a REALTOR she focused on revitalizing her community. Ever a student, Alissia would later obtain a graduate certificate in Community Economic Development from UMKC, her Law degree from the University of South Dakota.
Alissia has traveled nationally and internationally. She gained valuable insight from exposure to varying regional and cultural experiences. Those experiences lend to a well-rounded perspective on public policy issues such as promoting equity and approaches to civic engagement.
Alissia currently lives in South Kansas City and serves as the Chairwoman of the Kansas City Tax Increment Financing Commission (TIF) and on the Board of Directors for Madam President Camp- preparing girls for leadership roles, as well as a member of the Jackson County Chapter of The Links, Inc.