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Tanesha Ford

Executive Director, Kauffman Scholars, Inc., Education
Tanesha Ford

Tanesha Ford is the executive director of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. (KSI) and is responsible for oversight and management of the program. She provides direct supervision to the operations manager and coaching manager, as well as the career and alumni development coordinators.

Prior to joining Kauffman Scholars in 2008, Ford gained knowledge and experience in student affairs, student support services, and residence life at both Muskingum University and Lehigh University.

Ford was elected to serve on the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education in 2021. She is also a board member for Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City and Alpha Pointe, an alumna of the Centurions Leadership Program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, scholarship chair for the Jackson County (Missouri) Chapter of The LINKS, Inc., and was named in Ingram’s 40 Under Forty feature in 2018.

Ford earned a master’s degree in college student personnel administration and a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Central Missouri.