At-Large Director 2020-2023
Katie Kwo Gerson is recognized as a fundraising force with a distinguished record of creative strategic planning and marketing prowess. Katie’s focus, drive and event leadership expertise have played a key role in orchestrating multiple successful initiatives in her leadership roles at the Junior League of Kansas City (JLKC), in the Kansas City community, and beyond.
Within The Association of Junior Leagues International, Katie has served as an At-Large Member on the Governance Committee from 2017-2019. As a Women of Color (WOC) affinity group member, Katie proposed a new Diversity & Inclusion toolkit project designed to help and support Leagues desiring to start their own WOC groups.
Katie serves as Chairman of the Board of one of Kansas City’s highest performing public Charter Schools and is a Board member of AltCap, one of the nation’s fastest growing community development financial institutions (CDFI), committed to reducing economic disparities. At AltCap, Katie was instrumental in guiding the strategy for its national expansion.
Within Junior League of Kansas City, in 2004 Katie became the first Asian American (POC) to be named President and has served in Chair and Co-Chair positions to promote and ensure the success of various events. For JLKC’s 100th Anniversary event, Katie worked to nurture various major initiatives, including a $1 million community gift. As Co-Chair for the international award winning C3KC 2020 conference fundraiser, she led a successful team to produce record setting attendance, sponsorships, ticket sales and developed national strategic partnerships.
Katie is an entrepreneur who is an active member of the Aspen Institute, advancing the mission of values based leadership to greater audiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.