Women's Foundation Announces New Board President

Sherri L. Wattenbarger Continues Efforts to Improve the Lives of Women

            Sherri L. Wattenbarger 

            Sherri L. Wattenbarger 

Kansas City, MO – The Women’s Foundation today announced the appointment of Sherri L. Wattenbarger as the new chair of their board of directors. Wattenbarger has served on the Women’s Foundation board of directors since 2010. During that time she has filled many roles including Board Secretary, chair of the Grants Committee, Membership Committee and twice as Luncheon Co-Chair.

“Sherri Wattenbarger has made enormous contributions to the Women’s Foundation since she joined our board in 2010,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation. “Her leadership combined with dedication and a passion for bettering the lives of other women will greatly benefit Women’s Foundation and the community.”

“I’m honored and excited to serve as chair of the board of an organization that plays such a pivotal role in our community in improving the lives of women, girls and their families.” said Wattenbarger.

Wattenbarger, a native of St. Joseph, Missouri, is a Trial Attorney with the Office of the U.S. Trustee in Kansas City, Missouri, a component of the U.S. Justice Department. She is a past chair of the Attorney Advisory Committee for the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, and received the Missouri Bar’s Roser Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy Law.  In addition to serving on the Women’s Foundation Board of Directors, Wattenbarger also serves on the advisory boards for the ABI’s Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute, the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association, and as chair of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program (C.A.R.E.) Program.

Outside her role for Women’s Foundation, Wattenbarger is involved in many organizations that directly benefit women. She is active in the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City (AWL) and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri– Kansas City, where she is now a member of the board of directors of the UMKC Athletic Foundation. Wattenbarger is also a former advisory board member of WIN for KC, an organization supporting and promoting women and girls’ sports.

Wattenbarger was named Woman of the Year by the AWL in 2011, and is the recipient of many awards including the 2012 U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Community Service and the Women’s Justice Award for Public Service from Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly.

The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women and girls, using philanthropy, research and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at www.Womens-Foundation.org