Shari Wassergord Brand Management Coordinator, Public Affairs Shari Wassergord is a brand management coordinator in Public Affairs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she supports the senior brand manager and works collaboratively with other Public Affairs and Kauffman Foundation staff to support the Foundation’s inclusive prosperity priorities and impact goals, contributes to a variety of program area initiatives, and supports internal communications. Previously, Wassergord was an executive administrative assistant in Investments for the Foundation, where she provided support for the Investments team that manages the Foundation’s $3 billion portfolio. She has also assisted the Legal department, Finance department, and Conference Services. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Wassergord worked as a contract worker for Morgan Hunter and Ajilon, serving at Concorde Career Colleges, MGM Management, and Vance Brothers. Before moving to Kansas City, she was a contract executive assistant at Nespresso USA, Inc., and Calvin Klein, both in New York City. Wassergord has directed more than 12 theatre productions on New York City stages, with responsibilities including interviewing actors and designers, developing thematic concepts, coaching, managing production and budgets, coordinating with playwrights, and assisting with marketing efforts. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and theatre from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Wassergord is also very active in the Kansas City theatre community.