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Larry Jacob

Vice President, Public Affairs
Larry Jacob

As vice president of Public Affairs at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Larry Jacob has oversight of the Foundation’s policy initiatives and leads all internal and external communications.

Leading a team of communications professionals, Jacob works to effectively articulate the Foundation’s core belief that all people—regardless of their race, gender, or geography—should have the opportunity to achieve economic stability, mobility, and prosperity.

Jacob is also responsible for all the Foundation’s public policy initiatives. Most notably, he leads the effort to raise awareness and promote the adoption of America’s New Business Plan, a policy platform that outlines changes needed to support a prepared workforce and entrepreneur-focused economic development.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Jacob launched the Dover Strategy Group with offices in Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Kansas City. As president and CEO, Jacob led all elements of the award-winning strategic communications firm that supported political and multi-million-dollar public affairs campaigns from Hawaii to Kansas City to Massachusetts.

Jacob was named a NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2013 and 40 Under Forty by Ingram’s Magazine in 2006. He serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), the steering committee for the US Conference of Mayors Business Council, and the advisory board of Accelerator for America. A Boston-area native, Jacob received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and completed his master’s degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

An avid reader and versatile writer, Jacob seeks to build coalitions that challenge racial and economic injustice and protect the human rights of the most vulnerable people in America.

He lives in the Kansas City area, sharing all the world has to offer with his family.