Appointments Project has led to the appointments of more than 80 women
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointments of Jane Ehinger to the Liquor Control Board of Review in Kansas City, Missouri and Cristina Walker to the Public Art Committee in Olathe, Kansas. Kansas City Mayor Sly James appointed Ehinger and Walker was appointed by Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland.
Started in 2014, the Appointments Project aims to increase the amount of women serving on boards and commissions. With over 800 applicants and a total of 82 women appointed to Kansas and Missouri boards and commissions, the Appointments Project is helping to get more women involved in public service.
“These women have exemplified the extraordinary leadership qualities we look for in our Appointment Project applicants,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation. “We know that when more women are in leadership positions, our communities thrive.”
“Jane is a talented professional,” said Mayor Sly James. “Her unique background and expertise as a lawyer will definitely be an asset to the board.”
Ehinger is a licensed attorney in Missouri and has a graduate degree in architecture. In addition to practicing law, Ehinger has urban planning, community economic development, and commercial real estate management experience. She is also an active member of Architecture for Humanity, a community-driven architectural organization that provides innovative construction and planning services.
“In an era in which more and more women want to participate in local politics, the Women's Foundation provides an indispensable service; it simplifies the process, matches candidate skills to available posts, and advocates for the advancement of women in positions of power,” said Ehinger.
Ehinger will serve on the Liquor Control Board of Review. The board is responsible for several duties including appeal hearings for the disapproval of applications and the renewal or transfer of location of an existing license.
“The partnership we have with the Women’s Foundation strengthens our entire community by helping develop leaders.” said Mayor Michael Copeland.
Walker serves as the Annual Giving Director for Global Scholars. She formerly lived in England and South Africa, where she studied and practiced painting, sculpture and art appreciation. Walker has a communications degree and over 25 years of writing, communications and editing experience. She has also published over 175 articles for newspapers and magazines.
“The Women’s Foundation was great in keeping me connected to those ways I can serve the community that matter to me the most and serve others well,” said Walker.
The Olathe Public Art Committee works as a steward of the city’s public art collection.
To learn more about the Appointments Project visit www.womens-foundation.org/a-p/.
The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change. More information about the organization can be found at www.Womens-Foundation.org.