Brian Noland grew up in Independence, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science. Before attending law school, Brian served as an intern for U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, as a field organizer for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, a Regional Field Director for the Democratic National Committee, and as a manager on Sly James’s successful 2011 campaign to become Kansas City’s Mayor.
Malik James was born in Oceanside, California while his father, Sly James was in the Marine Corps. In 2002, Malik followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the United States Marine Corps. During his four years of service, he was meritoriously recognized and promoted numerous times. Some of his many achievements include boot camp as the Batallion Honor Man, being designated Guide of Platoon Weapons by his superiors, earning the Paul Eisen Award for outstanding leadership, winning the Stephenson Award for outstanding leadership and earning the rank of Sergeant in less than three years of service.