Meet Our Team

Evan Banks


Community Development Planner

Ever since a study-away program in Portland, Oregon--centered around sustainable governance--Evan has had a passion for policy, planning, and public service. Through achieving undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science from MWSU, interning for the local metropolitan planning organization and parks department, and volunteering for organizations like Main Street Saint Joseph and the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, he has established strong ties to the both the city itself, and its hinterlands. Evan was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and has lived in the St. Joseph area for over a decade. He has broad work experience including: martial arts instructor, farmhand, bartender, planner, academic advisor, renaissance festival actor, catering manager, deep-canvasser, and more. He brings all of that experience to bear on his projects enriching them with scope and context. His hobbies and interests include travel, reading science fiction, the 19th century American whaling industry, digitizing ship's logs, environmental justice, food cartology, and community service.