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Yvonne Owens Ferguson, Ph.D.

Yvonne Owens Ferguson, Ph.D., is vice president of Research, Learning, and Evaluation for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. She brings more than 15 years of experience in leading community-engaged research, large-scale program evaluations, and data-informed strategic planning. A native Kansas Citian, Dr. Ferguson comes to the Foundation from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in […]

Dr. Yvonne Owens Ferguson, Allison Greenwood Bajracharya, and Gloria Jackson-Leathers

Allison Greenwood Bajracharya, Yvonne Owens Ferguson, Ph.D., and Gloria Jackson-Leathers chosen to lead program, research, and community engagement initiatives for the Foundation, rounding out new leadership suite under CEO DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Ed.D.

As stewards of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we dedicate ourselves to preserving its vision and mission.

Amplify attendees pose for photo behind Amplify sign

Friday, February 28, 2020 The first day of the Amplify 2020 conference started at 9 a.m. with optional school tours.   Revolucion EDucativa hosted an afternoon session, the Latinx Educators Convening for Latinx educators. The evening concluded with the Amplify Opening Reception, where Amplify attendees came together for refreshments and an immersive art experience.  Saturday, February 29, 2020 […]

Dan Weakley

Dan Weakley is director of facilities and guest experiences for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for guest experiences, including onsite vendors. Previously, Weakley was executive director of operations with the Hickman Mills and Kansas City, Missouri, School District. Weakley is also a certified secondary social studies teacher in the state of […]

Young people in Kansas City during a field trip to Junior Achievement's BizTown

Much like the Exchange City field trips Kansas City kids of the 1980s and ‘90s remember, at JA BizTown, students learn real-world skills and how to grow an entrepreneurial mindset while ‘running’ a simulated, micro Kansas City.

Brandy Johnson

Brandy Johnson is the chief people officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where she helps shape our workforce culture. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the vice president, human resources, responsible for talent management, organizational design, and people strategy at Compass Minerals. As vice president, Johnson provided executive leadership across comprehensive HR strategy […]