Wendy Torrance, director, entrepreneurship, provides leadership for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s work in entrepreneurship, with a focus on education and curriculum. From 2007–2012, Torrance served as the founding director of the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Scholars Program, which provides a comprehensive experiential education program for both U.S. and foreign aspiring entrepreneurs through a six-month fellowship that provides training from faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurial ventures. In addition, Torrance established the Foundation’s Global Faculty Visitors Program, which provides faculty from abroad training in teaching entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Torrance was assistant dean of freshmen and lecturer on social studies at Harvard University, where she also was appointed director of undergraduate student programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Previously, Torrance was a visiting scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria, and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Torrance is the author of several scholarly articles on international environmental politics. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the University of Washington, with bachelor's degrees in international studies and political science. Torrance has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.