Metropolitan Community College’s Board of Trustees has appointed two new members to serve until the next MCC election, when trustees will be elected for the unexpired terms for Subdistrict 2 and Subdistrict 5.
McClain Bryant, director of policy for Kansas City Mayor Sly James, has been appointed to represent MCC Subdistrict 2, replacing former trustee David Disney, who resigned from the board after moving out of the subdistrict.
Phil LeVota, an attorney in private practice, has been appointed to represent Subdistrict 5, replacing former trustee Robert Martin, who passed away April 3.
Disney and Martin were both elected to six-year terms in 2014. The two interim trustees will serve until the next college district election in April 2018. The Subdistrict 2 and Subdistrict 5 winners in that election will then serve out the remainder of the original terms, which run through April 2020. The newly appointed members will be sworn in at a later date.
Bryant, of Kansas City, has worked in Mayor Sly James’ office since 2014. As director of policy, she advises the mayor on issues such as economic development, housing, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Before that, the attorney worked at the Husch Blackwell law firm in Kansas City (2007-14), specializing in campaign finance and ethics, and government affairs and public policy.
She is a former member of the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners and has served as board member for a number of community organizations.
Bryant earned her law degree from George Washington University Law School. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Florida A&M University. While completing her MBA, she worked for U.S. Senators Jean Carnahan (D-MO) and Bob Graham (D-FL), and U.S. Rep. Karen McCarthy (D-MO). She has served as a volunteer on several local, state and federal political campaigns.
Bryant was honored as 2013 Young Democrat of the Year by the Jackson County Democratic Committee. She received the Impact Award from the George Washington University Black Alumni Association, and was named a Rising Star by Kansas City Magazine, and an Up and Coming Lawyer by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.
LeVota, of Kansas City, spent 10 years in the Jackson County prosecuting attorney’s office (1996-2006), as assistant prosecutor/trial attorney and as trial team leader for the Community Justice Unit. LeVota, a lifelong Jackson County resident, opened his own law firm in 2006. His services include lobbying, mediation and arbitration, and political campaign consultation.
Early in his career, LeVota worked for the state of Missouri’s Division of Legal Services and Division of Child Support Enforcement.
LeVota is also a conference speaker and trainer. He has hosted his own political talk show on KCTE radio and has been a TV and radio political commentator. He won a regional Emmy Award for his work as host and producer of a TV program, “The Power of KC,” showcasing residents of the area. He wrote and published a book, “His Name Was Murder,” that tells the stories of five Kansas City homicide cases he prosecuted.
He has served on a number of boards, including as legal adviser for the Eastern Jackson County Youth Court Program and board member for Hope House battered persons shelter and KKFI community radio. He has been a speaker at more than 100 Project DARE graduations at elementary schools.
He earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has an MBA from Baker University and a bachelor’s in criminal justice/law enforcement administration from the University of Central Missouri.