Diana Kander advises the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In this capacity, she uses her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to foster the growth of entrepreneurship through educational and applied programs.
A successful entrepreneur with experience in the legal, technology, and service sectors, Kander has founded and sold multiple enterprises. She currently serves in a leadership capacity in two companies that she founded: KR Legal Management and National Lawyer Review.
At the age of eight, Kander came to the United States with her parents as a refugee from the Soviet Union. She obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and later taught in the same department as an adjunct professor. A graduate of Georgetown Law, Kander's legal career included work in the corporate transactions division of a large national law firm and as General Counsel of a real estate development company.
Kander serves on the Goodwill Board of Directors for both the St. Louis and Kansas City regions. She serves as a general board member for the Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Committee in Kansas City. She also mentors startups through the Bloch School's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.