Janice Kreamer

Chairman of the Board, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Janice Kreamer is the chairman of the Kauffman Board of Trustees. She joined the board in December of 2006. She is the retired president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts.

Kreamer is known nationally for her leadership of community foundations, and especially for her pioneering work focused on donor intent. Under her leadership, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation's asset base grew from $14 million to $1 billion. Today, it is among the leaders in assets, gifts received, and grants made among the more than 650 community foundations across the country.

While at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Kreamer was instrumental in creating the Partnership for Children and YouthNet organizations, as well as New Start, a pilot program that extends Head Start to full-day, year-round support. In her honor, the Community Foundation established the Janice C. Kreamer Community Fund with $1 million in assets focused on strengthening area nonprofit organizations.

Kreamer serves on the boards of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Her past board service includes the Johnson Foundation, Midwest Research Institute, the Village Presbyterian Church Endowment Trust, and the Kansas City Industrial Foundation.

Kreamer has received numerous honors, including the Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award for her pioneering efforts to redefine the leadership role community foundations play in creating regional cooperation across the United States. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Award for achieving professional excellence, devoting time and energy to the community, and opening the doors of leadership to women.