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Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund Names John Kearney as its new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund announced today the appointment of John Kearney as HDF's new Executive Director.

Kansas City, MO – The Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund announced today the appointment of John Kearney as HDF’s new Executive Director. He will assume the position on February 17, 2022.

For the past four years, Kearney has served in numerous roles with HDF, more recently serving as the Director of Programs and Development.

“John’s unique flexibility to step into a room of funders and discuss opportunities to support the Latino community as well as lead a presentation on college access with students and families, makes him the right person to lead the organization,” said Ramón Murguía, Board Chair of HDF. “John understands the values and mission of HDF and he has the right talent and heart needed to build on our legacy.”

Prior to joining HDF, Kearney served as an educator for ten years both at JC Harmon and Guadalupe Centers High School. During his time at Guadalupe Centers High School (GCHS), he was instrumental in supporting not only students with their educational aspirations, but their families as well. While at GCHS, John also co-founded The Pell Project, an organization that awards scholarships to undocumented students equivalent to the US Pell Grant.

Kearney has shown his belief in HDF’s mission of engaging the Latino community to build the next generation of philanthropists by evolving HDF’s annual fundraising campaign, Cambio para Cambio. Cambio para Cambio or Change for Change, is a community-led campaign that realizes the philanthropic power of the Latino community during Hispanic Heritage Month. Since joining HDF in 2018, Kearney has helped grow it from a $5,000 inaugural campaign to the most recent $321,000.

As Kearney assumes leadership of HDF, he plans to continue HDF’s commitment of being deeply engaged with the Latino community while reinforcing the community-based values of HDF. In addition, Kearney says he has a strong desire to ensure students and families remain central to the work of HDF. “As a former educator, I had a great opportunity to learn from students and families on the dreams they had and listened to how organizations could better support them,” said Kearney.  “In my work with HDF over the last four years, I have remained committed to connecting with students, families, and educators to better understand needs and have evolved HDF’s programming with their direct input,” he said.

According to Kearney, “The past and future success of HDF will always rest on our ability to value the strengths of the Latino families and to stay connected to the needs of our community; and I plan to build on this success.”

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