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Susan Chambers

Interim President and CEO, Office of the President
Susan Chambers

Susan Chambers is interim president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. With more than $2.5B in assets, the Kauffman Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States, and approaches its work from the middle of the country with a solid Midwest mindset – working to build practical and workable solutions to today’s challenges.

Chambers was previously executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Walmart, where she was recognized as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine five years in a row. In her role at Walmart, she reported directly to the CEO and was responsible for managing, attracting, and retaining the world’s largest private workforce. Chambers was responsible for compensation, recruiting, development, and retention initiatives as well as benefits and communications for more than 2 million Walmart associates worldwide. Additionally, her duties included human resource technology, culture, diversity and inclusion, and regulatory issues.

With deep roots in Kansas City, Chambers’ career has been focused on building systems and talent within some of our country’s largest corporations. Chambers worked with Kansas City-based Hallmark for 14 years, with increasing responsibility culminating in the position of director of application development. She currently serves as chair of the board for William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri, where she graduated with a BS in systems and data processing.

Beyond her work experience, Chambers’ passion has been focused on helping students find educational success. She currently serves on the Arkansas State Board of Education and previously on the boards of Kansas State University, Walmart Foundation, and Duke University.