Kristin Bechard is a controller for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and provides insight and guidance to support the Foundation's finance initiatives. 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.