John Wilson


John joined KAC in 2017 and serves as President & CEO. He works closely with the Board of Directors to set long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies that allow the organization to fulfill its mission. John serves on the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund and has been a member of the Governor’s Council on Education, Tax Council, and Census Complete Count Committee. As a former Kansas State Representative, John has a unique understanding of the legislative process and the people who shape policy in the Statehouse. John’s education and experience in design guides the way he approaches policy change — focusing on making ideas clear, relatable, actionable, and focused on people. 

John grew up in southern Oklahoma but has called Kansas home since 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Kansas. He lives in Lawrence with his wife and two sons. John enjoys running, cooking, fire pits with friends, and traveling with his family. 

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