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Jessica Looze

Director of Knowledge Creation and Research, Entrepreneurship
Jessica Looze

Jessica Looze is director of knowledge creation and research in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she leads a team committed to research that is both responsive to the needs and challenges of entrepreneurs and actionable for practitioners and policymakers. Looze oversees the interlocking strategies of the knowledge creation and research team, including problem-based grantmaking, data and measurement, and translational research.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Looze was an assistant director of research and evaluation at the Center for Public Partnerships & Research at the University of Kansas, where she led a team implementing evaluation and coordination efforts on a variety of projects related to maternal and child health and early childhood systems building. Earlier, Looze was a senior research analyst and policy analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, School of Public Health at the University of California – Los Angeles and a project coordinator at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University.

Looze has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles that appear in publications such as Social Science ResearchJournal of Marriage and FamilyJournal of Applied Gerontology, and The Gerontologist.

Looze has a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and women’s studies from Kansas State University.