Anita Parran, associate state director for Public Affairs, develops and implements public and media relation strategies for AARP Missouri and is also principal for KK Charles Communications, LLC which specializes in media and public relations, communications consultation and professional writing. Since its founding in 1998, the company has received six APEX® Awards.
Past president of the former Greater Kansas City AWC Professional Chapter, Parran was honored with the group’s Leading Change and Unsung Hero Awards. In 2006, she received AWC’s Headliner Award.
Prior to her current position, Parran was the director of communications for the Urban League of Greater Kansas City and worked with Fortune 500 companies in sales, marketing, and public relations.
Devoted to community service, Parran is a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Blood Center; 2nd vice chair of Membership for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Friends of the Library; secretary for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists; Advisory Committee member for Harvesters-The Community Food Network; and supports the EITAS-Developmental Disabilities Service of Jackson County. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Stephens College, chairs the Urban League Board of Governors and is the public member of the Missouri Board of Pharmacy, serving at the pleasure for three Missouri governors.
A native of St. Louis, Parran earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and her M.A. in Business Management from Webster University in Webster Groves, MO.