Jori Nelson

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Ward 1 Council Member

Jori Nelson

(913) 522-7497


January 2018 - January 2022

City Committees:

  • Environmental Committee Chair
  • Teen Council Chair (2019-2020)
  • Statuary Committee Member

Career Information:

  • Third grade teacher in the Shawnee Mission School District
  • Previously, Public Relations and Special Events Director at the Kansas City Zoo

Civic Involvement:

  • Board Member, Prairie Village Homes Association
  • Previously, American Cancer Society - Reach to Recovery Program (Breast Cancer Program)
  • Previously, Kansas  City Spay and Neuter Clinic 


  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University
  • ELL Endorsement, Kansas State University
  • Kansas Teaching Certification, Ottawa University-Kansas City
  • BA in Communications, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Other Biographical Information:

  • Grew up in Prairie Village and attended Briarwood Elementary, Meadowbrook Junior High and graduated Shawnee Mission East 1981.
  • Raised two children in Prairie Village that attended Prairie Elementary and Indian Hills Middle School.  My son graduated from Shawnee Mission East in 2011 and my daughter is currently a senior.