Kristin Bechard is the chief financial officer for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, providing leadership, insight and guidance to support the Foundation’s finance initiatives. She is responsible for the Foundation and affiliated organization's finance functions, Grants Administration, IT and Facilities.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kristin was a senior corporate tax specialist for American Century Investments, where she applied current tax updates and laws to pursue tax opportunities for the company, and represented the firm with federal and state tax authorities. She joined American Century in 2000 as an internal auditor. Previously, she served as a tax accountant with Arthur Anderson LLP in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kristin earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration, and a master’s degree in accounting and information systems, both from the University of Kansas. She is a licensed CPA, and has been a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs since May 2001.