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Kim Wallace Carlson

Director of Engagement, Public Affairs
Kim Wallace Carlson

Kim Wallace Carlson is the director of engagement – entrepreneurship in Public Affairs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she develops and executes strategic communications plans, engages entrepreneurship ecosystem partners and stakeholders, and protects and grows the Foundation’s national entrepreneurship brand.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Carlson was a senior website and content strategist for DEG, where she led content strategy for DLR Group, Olathe Health System, Waddell & Reed, Ferrellgas, and other clients. Her experience includes development and implementation of communications campaigns, cross-channel digital marketing plans, and branding and strategy projects with C-suite leadership.

Previously, Carlson was a web and social media manager at the Kauffman Foundation and was a content strategist and copywriter for VML. She also was an assistant editor and web editor for Natural Home magazine.

She is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and is an executive team member of the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. In addition, Carlson serves on the advisory board for the Appointments Project & Ready to Run Kansas Women’s Leadership Series, a collaboration between United WE and the University of Kansas Institute for Leadership Studies. She also serves on United WE’s Missouri Women’s Economic Development Task Force, a group studying issues surrounding women’s participation and advancement in the workforce.

Carlson is a graduate of the Kansas City Tomorrow leadership engagement program, an initiative of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. She is also a member of the 2020 class of NextGen Leaders, a program of the Kansas City Business Journal that recognizes emerging Kansas City business leaders.

In addition, Carlson has served as a speaker for the Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program as well as the National Association of Asian American Professionals, where she is a member. Carlson is also a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. She has worked as a judge for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and has spoken at the National High School Journalism Convention presented by Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association.

Carlson earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas with a minor in sociology.