Jennifer Spaw Appointed to Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission


Kansas City, MO -- Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Spaw to the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission. Spaw was appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, who has partnered with Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project through his Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WE) in order to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

“I am incredibly pleased to announce Jennifer Spaw as a new member to the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission,” Mayor James said. “Through her extensive volunteer work, Jennifer has shown that she is truly dedicated to making Kansas City better, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of her hard work.”

“Women’s Foundation is proud to have supported Jennifer Spaw in her application process to the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women’s Foundation. “Jennifer’s passion for the Kansas City community shines in her tireless support of countless community organizations.  We commend Mayor James’ continued commitment to empowering more women to serve on boards and commissions -- together we are truly closing the leadership gap.”

For more than 20 years, Spaw has served as an art director on a variety of nonprofit projects, for organizations including the Humane Society, Children International, Send Relief and The Salvation Army. Her background includes designing fundraising pieces, client webinars and social media content.She has also produced integrated marketing catalogs for The Salvation Army and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cultivate Kansas City and Habitat for Humanity. 

Jennifer Spaw

Jennifer Spaw

"The Women's Foundation was instrumental in helping me to navigate the waters to find the commission that was the perfect fit for my skill set,” said Spaw. “I could not have pursued civic volunteer opportunities without them."

Women’s Foundation's Appointments Project serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. Women’s Foundation guides women through the process of applying for these positions.

More than 40 women have been appointed to boards and commissions in Missouri and Kansas as a result of the Appointments Project since its launch in the spring of 2014.  The Appointments Project is currently active in helping recruit and train more women to serve on boards and commissions for the States of Missouri and Kansas, St. Louis County, and the Cities of St. Louis, Springfield, and Kansas City, MO, and Topeka and Olathe, KS.

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