Jacqueline Erickson Russell is a senior program officer in education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages a grant portfolio that supports initiatives that recruit, develop and retain teachers, leaders and educators. She creates strategic partnerships to improve Kansas City education. Utilizing both expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset, she launched several large-scale organizations and campaigns in the region. Previously, she was a talent recruiter for the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, where she managed the recruitment efforts through all stages from outreach, marketing, tours, application, phone interview, performance tasks, sample teach, hiring and training. Her career began as a Teach For America corps member teaching and coaching with KIPP Endeavor Academy.
Erickson Russell sits on Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ national conference planning committee, is the co-chair of the Affordable Christmas event and founded a mentoring program that partners Redeemer Fellowship and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. She is also in Centurions class of 2019, a Kansas City civic leadership program managed by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Erickson Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University and a Master of Arts in secondary teaching from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.