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McClain E. Bryant, JD MBA, is Director of Policy for Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri. In this role, McClain advises the Mayor on a variety of policy issues, with an emphasis on economic development, housing, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and works with city staff, community organizations, and state and national organizations and initiatives to further the policy interests of the Mayor.  

Additionally, McClain serves as the Director of Municipal Policy Programming for 20/20 Leaders of America, a bipartisan group of leading African American mayors, city, county and state officials, prosecutors and defense attorneys, political strategists, community leaders and activists, police chiefs and other law enforcement executives whose mission is to fundamentally change the way in which the American political system addresses criminal justice issues.  

Formerly, McClain was an attorney at one of the nation's largest law firms where she specialized in Campaign Finance and Ethics, and Government Affairs and Public Policy. In her practice, McClain counseled clients from local politicians to Fortune 500 companies on navigating the political, legislative and regulatory process. She assists clients with forming and managing 527 political committees and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations, and advises corporate clients on their political activity post-Citizens United.

McClain’s involvement in politics started by volunteering on the grassroots level stuffing envelopes and phone banking during her childhood. McClain has since volunteered for several local, state and federal campaigns in a variety of capacities, including fundraising and GOTV. While completing her MBA, McClain worked for United States Senators Jean Carnahan (D-MO) and Bob Graham (D-FL), and United States Congresswoman Karen McCarthy (D-MO). Prior to law school at The George Washington University Law School, McClain interned for two government relations firms in Tallahassee, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Since law school, McClain not only focuses her practice in politics, but invests her free time in the political process, as well. She served as a fellow for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee; served as an election protection challenger on election day in 2008 and 2012, ensuring compliance with elections laws at polling places; served on the Democratic National Committee’s Youth Coordinating Council as the Midwest appointee, promoting youth engagement in the political process; served as Regional Lead for the National Finance Committee for Generation Forty-Four, the under-40 fundraising arm of Obama for America; participated upon the nomination of then-Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II in the CBCI’s Political Education and Leadership Bootcamp & Competition, which her team won; served on then-Mayor-elect of Kansas City, Missouri Sly James’ transition team, co-drafting Kansas City’s ethics code; served on the National Finance Committee for the Ready for Hillary Political Action Committee, building momentum for the Hillary for America 2016 presidential campaign; and served under mayoral appointment to the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commission.

McClain’s efforts have earned her the recognition of Young Democrat of the Year 2013 by the Jackson County, Missouri Democratic Committee, the Impact Award by the George Washington University Black Alumni Association, Rising Star by KC Magazine, and Up and Coming Lawyer by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

Follow McClain on Twitter @mcclainkc.

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