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Born and raised in Kansas City, Tanesha Ford is a former student of Kansas City Public Schools and an alum of University of Central Missouri.  She is married to her husband David and together they have two young children - Dawson and Harper.  

With 16 years of education experience, Tanesha has spent her career supporting young people in education and helping them go to college. Tanesha currently serves as the Executive Director of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. where she manages a team of dedicated education professionals.   

Tanesha was compelled to run for school board because she believes in the power of public education and sees the potential of Kansas City Public Schools. She is eager to do her part to address the widening achievement gap in urban education as compared to other areas in our region.

When Tanesha is not hard at work, she enjoys volunteering at organizations in the Kansas City area. She serves a board member for Show Me KC Schools, and the Skillbuilders Fund. In addition, she is a former board member for Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City.  Tanesha is a 2016 Alumna of the Centurions Leadership Program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, President Elect of the Centurions Alumni Association, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Sister Circle KC Giving Circle, and serves as the Scholarship Co-Chair for the Jackson County (MO) Chapter of The Links, Inc. She was also recognized as a member of Ingram’s 40 Under Forty: Class of 2018. 

Outside of Tanesha’s professional accomplishments, she loves traveling and participating in races in destinations that she visits.  In 2020, Tanesha trained for and completed her first full marathon...a goal that she set in celebration of her 40th birthday.

With a heart for service, Tanesha is ready to step into leadership as a member of the Kansas City Public Schools board. Click here to learn more about Tanesha’s core values.

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