Kauffman Foundation Appoints Esther L. George to Board of Trustees

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (February 9, 2017) – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announces the appointment of Esther L. George to the Foundation's Board of Trustees. George is currently president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

George was appointed president in 2011 after serving nearly 30 years at the Kansas City Fed, most recently as chief operating officer. As president of the Kansas City Fed, George directs Federal Reserve activities in a seven-state region with offices in Kansas City, Omaha, Oklahoma City and Denver. George is also a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the body responsible for setting U.S. monetary policy.

As a member of the Kauffman Board of Trustees, George will support the foundation’s mission of advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. This includes a comprehensive approach to supporting students and educators from prekindergarten to college, as well as developing policies and strategies to improve the climate for startups in the United States.

“We are honored to have President George join the Kauffman Board of Trustees,” said Janice Kreamer, chairman of the Kauffman Foundation Board of Trustees. “Her deep roots in our community along with her understanding and expertise in economics and finance will greatly inform our work with entrepreneurs around the country. She has the experience and insight to help us move forward on our strategic directions.”

“I am excited for this opportunity to contribute to the Kauffman Foundation’s mission of developing entrepreneurs, who drive the U.S. economy,” George said. “The importance of the legacy Mr. Kauffman left for Kansas City through his foundation, and the support it provides to this region and beyond, cannot be overstated.”

A Missouri native, George received a B.S.B.A. degree in Business Administration from Missouri Western State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

George joins nine other trustees on the Kauffman board, including trustees with deep, national-level expertise in advancing education achievement and supporting entrepreneurs.