Lee Barnes, Jr.
Lee Barnes is the Director of Operations for the Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room, Inc., a Not-for-Profit organization whose goal is to transform neighborhoods through developing educational programs, a child development center, and home remolding.
Lee is a native Kansas City, Missouri, resident. He graduated from Central High School in the Kansas City Public School District, and earned an Engineering degree from Kansas State University in 1986. While in high school and college, Lee demonstrated service and leadership through his involvement in the student council cabinet and as the founding president of the National Society of Black Engineers at Kansas State.
As Director of Operations at the Upper Room, Lee has overseen the significant growth of the organization in two key areas, operations and partnership development. The Upper Room has grown from providing services to 90 students in one church facility to serving over 2800 students in 30 churches and community centers. Lee has also overseen the growth in partnerships with organizations such as Operation Breakthrough, Town Fork Creek neighborhood Association and Bluehills Neighborhood Association.
Like many young college graduates, Lee had the opportunity to locate in other cities, or to live in the suburbs of Kansas City. But he made an intentional decision at that time to stay in Kansas City, to work, serve and raise his family here. He is and has been committed to the development of the city.
Lee has demonstrated leadership and experience from many years of service in a wide array of organizations and commissions. Lee was elected to an At-Large position on 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. Lee also served on the Tax Increment Finance Commission and is currently the Chairman of the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority. While serving with these organizations and boards, Lee has gained a great deal of experience working directly with and for citizens of the community, and believes he can help ensure measurable progress in key areas of concern.
Lee is especially proud of his work on the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority(PIEA) which has approved projects such as one for the May Technology and Manufacturing facility in the Blue Valley Area. With the aid of the PIEA the May Company is able to expand their 51000 square-foot plant by 41,000 square feet and add 30 employees. Lee is a candidate for City Council in Kansas City, Missouri in the 5th District at-large. His focus is to insure that policies are developed that ensure basic public services, such as repairing potholes, securing abandoned properties and snow removal are provided efficiently to the citizens throughout the city,