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Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight

Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer

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Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of The DeBruce Foundation where she leads strategic and operational efforts to advance the mission to expand pathways to economic growth and opportunity. An accomplished educator and community leader, Dr. Taylor Knight served as Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, facilitating the collaborative efforts of four research institutions to provide powerful tools for data-driven educational research informing practice and policy.  As a former high school teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, she has expertise in bringing together stakeholders to improve learning experiences. She has advised school districts across the nation, as well as led the curriculum development for an international technology company.  Dr. Taylor Knight values identifying talents and strengths in others, coaching them to improve their capabilities and finding roles in which each can maximize one’s potential to result in optimal team success. She’s a certified Gallup Strengths Coach who has facilitated leadership training for groups including the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge and the Griffiths Leadership Society for Women. Dr. Taylor Knight also serves as a Director on the Governing Board of the Mizzou Alumni Association.  Dr. Taylor Knight holds graduate and advanced degrees in educational leadership and policy from the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas.

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