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Kauffman Education Fellowship

Fellowship Leadership

Sherman Whites

Sherman Whites

Fellowship Visionary

Director of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Lia McIntosh

Lia McIntosh

Fellowship Director

Program Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Seft Hunter

Seft Hunter

Community Organizing Expert and Trainer

Consultant, Director of Black-Led Organizing and Power Building, Community Change

Reyna Sharp

Reyna Sharp

Fellowship Coordinator

Consultant, sharpr Consulting



Seft Hunter

Community Organizing Expert and Trainer, Kauffman Education Fellowship

Consultant, Director of Black-Led Organizing and Power Building, Community Change

As consultant and director, Seft leads Community Change’s work to build Black organizing infrastructure, challenge and eradicate historically oppressive racialized structures, and build Black political power to change the material conditions on the ground in communities of color across the country.

Seft joined Community Change in July 2019, bringing over 16 years of diverse professional experience that spans service in the U.S. Air Force, working as a university professor and researcher, and as a movement leader fighting to improve the lives of people of color in Missouri and Kansas. He most recently served as executive director of the Kansas and Missouri-based Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) – a 40-year-old faith-based organizing group working to advance a racial and economic justice strategy. In this role, Seft led his organization’s multi-state campaign to protect communities of color from the exploitative practices of predatory lenders. Seft also successfully led his organization’s effort to align public health and community organizing, including a multi-state research study to map the impact of persistent racial poverty and differences in life expectancy between Black and white communities in Kansas and Missouri communities.


Reyna Sharp

Fellowship Coordinator, Kauffman Education Fellowship

Consultant, sharpr Consulting

Reyna Sharp, founder of sharpr Consulting, specializes in education and leadership development. She advises and supports philanthropic organizations in program development, strategy, facilitation, and grants.

Reyna has more than 15 years’ experience working in philanthropy and education. She began her career as a Fellow at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado, where she led the foundation’s college leadership development program and managed regional grants. At the Donnell-Kay Foundation in Colorado, she conducted strategic research in education and coordinated programming for leaders founding charter schools. Taking her love for education to the classroom, Reyna taught English as a Second Language in international schools in Lesotho, Germany, and Washington, DC. She then returned to the philanthropic world at the Crimsonbridge Foundation in Washington, DC, leading the foundation’s college success programming. Reyna founded sharpr Consulting in 2018 to use her breadth of experience with philanthropic organizations and schools to fight for equitable education for all.

Reyna holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Arts in education: curriculum and instruction from George Mason University.