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Kim Wallace Carlson

Director of Strategic Communications, Public Affairs
Kim Wallace Carlson

Kim Wallace Carlson is director of strategic communications in Public Affairs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where works with the vice president of Public Affairs to develop and execute a strategic communications plan to support the Kauffman Foundation’s inclusive prosperity priorities and impact goals. She is responsible for designing and implementing a communications strategy that tells the story of the Foundation’s portfolio, engages partners and stakeholders in the Foundation’s program agendas, and shares lessons learned regionally and nationally.

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 director of engagement – entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. Earlier, she was a web and social media manager at the Foundation and a content strategist and copywriter for VML. She also was an assistant editor and web editor for Natural Home magazine.

She is a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and is the 2022 chairperson of the board for the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board. 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.