Yannis Banks graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration.
He is currently a Community Involvement Coordinator with Capital Metro. In that role he is responsible for making sure the community is informed on the decisions that Capital Metro makes and also expressing what the community thinks about those decisions.
Before that he worked for the Texas NAACP as their Legislative Liaison for 10 years. As the Legislative
Liaison, Mr. Banks attends meetings & hearings during the Legislative session advocating for the views
of in the African American community on issues like public education, higher education, payday lending,
criminal justice, juvenile justice and many more. Under President Bledsoe’s tutelage he was a member
of the Texas NAACP legal team that challenged Texas’ Redistricting maps from 2011-2018. He drew and
assisted on many of the maps that were submitted by the Texas NAACP. He was also responsible for the
day to day operations of the Texas NAACP which includes managing the website, attending meetings
and occasionally speaking for President Bledsoe.
Mr. Banks is the co-host of 2 popular radio talk shows, The Forum and The Wakeup Call that airs on KAZI
88.7. He also is a co-host of a popular music show, The Untapped Show on KAZI 88.7 in Austin, TX. He
has been a member of Untapped since 2013. As a member he has helped with uploading new
submissions into the system, interviewing artist and occasionally engineering the show. Whenever
Untapped is out in the city you can normally find Yannis with a camera in front of his face as he likes to
take pictures of Untapped events.
BEGAN WITH 88.7FM KAZI IN
Co-host, Assistant Producer & Engineer of the UnTapped Show every 1st & 3rd Saturdays 4p-6p
Host The WakeUp Call Show every Monday 7a-8a
Host The Forum every Wednesday 5p-6p
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