Aug. 31, 2017

National leader in children’s health and former state lawmaker to join Kansas Action for Children

TOPEKA, Kansas  John Wilson, a national leader in children’s health and former Kansas State Representative will join Kansas Action for Children as the Vice President of Advocacy starting in September. Wilson served in the Kansas Legislature for five years, focusing his efforts on health policy and making the legislative process more collaborative and bipartisan. Over the past eleven years, Wilson helped build the Alliance for a Healthier Generation into the leading national non-profit focused on childhood obesity prevention.

“John is a passionate advocate and collaborative leader who will help advance KAC’s vision to make Kansas the best state to raise a child,” said Annie McKay, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children.

Wilson will provide leadership for the organization’s communications, research, and government relations strategies to build statewide support for policies that improve the lives of all Kansas kids.

Wilson is thrilled to be joining Kansas Action for Children at such a consequential time in the state, saying, “So many factors influence the health and well-being of kids. It’s going to take all of us lawmakers, schools, businesses, families, and communities — working together to make Kansas better, and KAC is uniquely positioned to facilitate that.”

“John joins KAC at a critical time in our state’s history,” McKay said. “His experience and leadership will be necessary as we begin the hard work of restoring programs and services for children and families, and  equally important  as we restore the belief that Kansas is a place where all children and families can prosper.”

Kansas Action for Children’s mission is to shape health, education, and economic policy on behalf of Kansas children and families. Learn more at