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Michaela Puryear

Program Assistant – Operational Effectiveness, Entrepreneurship

Michaela Puryear is a program assistant in operational effectiveness in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she will be responsible for the administrative, clerical, and logistical support for the Entrepreneurship department’s operational effectiveness (OE) activities.

Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Puryear was an economic advocate for Friends of Yates, where she counseled clients on job and education opportunities and educated clients on applications and interview processes. Earlier, Puryear was an English teacher volunteer in Lesotho, Africa, for a 25-month assignment through Peace Corps. During her undergrad, Puryear was recording secretary for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology, president of the Psychology Club for the Psychology Club and Association of Black Psychologist Student Circle, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Puryear holds a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Prairie View A&M University.