Wendy Torrance

Director of Operations in Entrepreneurship

Wendy Torrance is director of operations in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with a focus on education and curriculum. She has led the development of the Kauffman Founders School, the Foundation’s online educational resource for entrepreneurs. From 2007–2012, Torrance served as the founding director of the Foundation’s Global Scholars Program, which provided a comprehensive experiential education program for both U.S. and foreign aspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, Torrance established the Foundation’s Global Faculty Visitors Program, which provided faculty from abroad training in teaching entrepreneurship. Torrance writes on the subjects of campus entrepreneurship and founder education.

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 graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from the University of Washington, with bachelor's degrees in international studies and political science. Torrance has a PhD in political science from Harvard University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.