Our Mission

To be a catalyst for investment in Kansas City, Missouri's low-income communities through innovative financial products, targeted economic and community development programming, and the development of strategic partnerships that promote community collaboration and capacity building.

Our People

Ruben Alonso III, Executive DirectorRuben Alonso III

As Executive Director of the KCMO CDE, Mr. Alonso is responsible for the overall administration, management and ongoing development of the organization and its community and economic development programs. Mr. Alonso also administers the KCMO CDE's NMTC Program. He has been responsible for allocation authority totaling $120 million since 2008, project pipeline development, transaction underwriting, debt and equity placement, investor development, and program marketing and outreach resulting in the origination of $87 million in NMTC transactions to date. Prior to his role with the KCMO CDE, Mr. Alonso was a Project Manager for the City of Kansas City, Missouri's Development Finance Division, a program manager/consultant for the Los Angeles Minority Business Development Center, and Finance and Royalty Accounting Supervisor for EMI Recorded Music.

Mr. Alonso was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Slovakia from 2000 to 2002, has been a Youthfriend since 2007, is a member of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club and is a member of the Centurions Leadership Program of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (Class of 2014). He is also a Board member of the Urban Ranger Corps, a non-profit organization with a mission to help prepare at-risk inner city youth for wholesome, responsible and productive futures through a program of disciplined work experience and service in their community; leadership development; and individualized planning for post-High School careers.

Mr. Alonso holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Miami's School of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in economic development from the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy

Christine Kahm, Program ManagerChristine Kahm

Mrs. Kahm is responsible for the management of the KCMO CDE's community and economic development programs including the Facade Improvement Loan Program and Microloan Program. She also assists with the coordination and administration of the KCMO CDE's NMTC Program. Mrs. Kahm also led the development of KCMO CDE’s community development initiative, the Community Capital Fund (CCF), a separate nonprofit that supports and promotes community development in Kansas City’s historically underinvested and under resourced communities. She now manages CCF's Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program.

A licensed architect in Missouri, she has previously worked on both coasts designing affordable housing, green buildings, and multifamily residential dwellings. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California as well as Master and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

Amanda Wilson, Program CoordinatorAmanda

Ms. Wilson is responsible for supporting the KCMO CDE's Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) program, assisting in the Facade Improvement and Microloan Programs, and managing interns. Ms. Wilson also supports the management of the Community Capital Fund's Neighborhood Opportunity Grant Program and the Annual Community Development Workshop.

She holds a Master’s in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University with a focus in land use and community development and currently serves on the board of the Heartland Conservation Alliance. She worked in Portland, Oregon for an urban conservation land trust and was an AmeriCorps volunteer with a watershed group prior to going into planning. Ms. Wilson holds a B.S. in biology and environmental policy from Missouri State University.

Shanea McGeehan-Bell, Administrative AssistantShanea

Ms. McGeehan-Bell is responsible for helping in the day-to-day administration of the KCMO CDE and its programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Degree from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Our Governance

Board of Directors:

Robert Langenkamp, (President); Assistant City Manager; Director, Planning & Development Department, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Jean-Paul Chaurand, Chief Operating Officer, Guadalupe Centers Inc.
Gary Cortes, Principal, Hoffman Cortes Contracting Company
Randall J. Landes, (Treasurer); Finance Department, City of Kansas City,Missouri
Margaret J. May, (Secretary); Executive Director, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council

Advisory Board:

Erika Brice, Board Member, Blue Hills Community Services Corporation
Devan Case, Small business owner (Pendulum Studios)
Frank O. Oligbo, Board Member, Phoenix Family Housing
John A. Wood, Assistant City Manager for Neighborhoods, City of Kansas City, Missouri