Kristin Bechard is vice president of Finance & Grants Administration and Treasurer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She provides insight and guidance to support the Foundation’s finance initiatives, as well as ensures accuracy in financial reporting and compliance with applicable tax law. She is responsible for the Kauffman Foundation and its affiliated organization's finance functions, grants administration, information technology, and facilities. Bechard joined the Foundation in May 2007.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Bechard was a senior corporate tax specialist for American Century Investments, where she applied current tax updates and laws to pursue tax opportunities for the company, and represented the firm with federal and state tax authorities. Bechard joined American Century in 2000 as an internal auditor. Previously, Bechard served as a tax accountant with Arthur Anderson LLP in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bechard earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration, and a master’s degree in accounting and information systems, both from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed CPA, and has been a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs since May 2001.