Emily Barnes

Education Policy Advisor

Emily joined KAC in 2023 as the Education Policy Advisor. She is passionate about ensuring kids in Kansas grow and learn well. She follows policy efforts and collaborates with partners focusing on early childhood and K-12 education. Her experience as a family child care provider allows her to better understand the child care challenges that both parents and providers encounter. She also spent the first decade of her career supporting people with developmental disabilities.  

Emily received a bachelor’s degree in human development and learning, with an emphasis in special education, from Lynchburg College. She lives in Olathe with her husband, three children, and three dogs. Emily enjoys crocheting and cooking, as well as spending time with her family, especially at the beach. 

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