Alyssa Parsons Appointed to Kansas City Brownsfield Commission

Parsons is 27th Appointments Project Success 

Kansas City, MO –Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Alyssa Parsons to the Kansas City Brownfields Commission. Parsons was appointed by Mayor Sly James, who has partnered with Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project through his Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WE), in order to address the gender gap in city leadership positions. 

“Parsons’ leadership experience and vision as a community leader and volunteer, and as an architect with BNIM, will greatly benefit the Kansas City Brownsfield Commission,” said Mayor Sly James. “Thanks to our partnership with Women’s Foundation, we continue to make progress on increasing the number of qualified women in leadership roles on boards and commissions here in Kansas City.” 

Alyssa will be a valuable addition to the Kansas City Brownsfield Commission. We at Women’s Foundation are happy to have provided her with support and guidance, said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation. We are glad to have the partnership of Mayor James in our endeavor to empower more women serve on boards and commissions. 

Alyssa Parsons received a Masters of Architecture from Kansas State University in 2011 and has since been working for BNIM Architects on a variety of different building and design projects in Missouri, Kansas and California. 

Serving on the Brownfields Commission allows me to put my research, advocacy, and professional expertise into practice and make real, lasting change in my city” said Alyssa Parsons. “I would not have known about this vacancy, let alone applied, without the Women’s Foundation reaching out to me and guiding me through the application process. I am grateful for the Women’s Foundation and the Appointments Project, which has empowered me to serve on a Kansas City commission. 

Women’s Foundation Appointments Project serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The Women’s Foundation guides women through the process of applying for these positions. 

Twenty-seven (27) women have been appointed to boards and commissions in Missouri and Kansas as a result of the Appointments Project since its launch in the spring of 2014.  The Appointments Project is currently active in helping recruit and train more women to serve on boards and commissions for the States of Missouri and Kansas, the Cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, MO, and Olathe, KS. 

Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at