Quintanella Johnson, Alumna 2007, is thrilled to share that her son, Quinton Lucas, was elected mayor of Kansas City, MO in August 2019.   Those who attended the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation Alumnae Retreat in October were greeted by the Mayor.  Mr. Lucas has an amazing story to share and his mother is very proud of his accomplishments!

She would like to share a little bit of information about her son.

Quinton Lucas, “Mayor Q,” was sworn in as the 55th mayor of Kansas City on August 1, 2019.   As mayor, Quinton has prioritized making Kansas City’s neighborhoods safer, creating more accessible and affordable housing and public transportation, fostering a healthier community and improving basic services. Quinton created and chairs the City’s Special Committee on Housing Policy.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Quinton has spent most of his life in the city’s urban core. As a child, he moved often and experienced homelessness, sometimes staying with family or friends, or residing in a motel. Despite these challenges, Quinton remained focused on his schoolwork, earning academic scholarships to high school, college and Cornell Law School before returning home to Kansas City.

Since 2012, Quinton has been a member of the University of Kansas Law School faculty, where he served as one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the country. He is active in the Kansas City community and volunteers extensively in area schools and organizations, including mentorships in local prisons.

Quintanella retired from UMKC in 2007.  She has 3 children and lives in Kansas City. CONGRATULATIONS Quintanella and Quinton!