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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 holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University and earned a Master of Arts in secondary teaching from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. She founded a mentoring program that partners Redeemer Fellowship and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Erickson Russell is also in Centurions class of 2019, a Kansas City civic leadership program managed by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the board for SingleMOM KC and previously served on Grantmaker’s for Effective Organizations’ national conference planning committee.


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