Jennifer Wilding, a community development specialist for the Kansas City Fed, provides communications, engagement, and research for the community development department.
Wilding recently served as a beat reporter for External LinkFed Communities, the Federal Reserve System initiative about the Fed’s work in communities. She edits the Kansas City Fed's community development newsletter, “Community Connections” and takes on special projects.
Before joining the Kansas City Fed in 2018, she was executive director of Consensus KC, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in public policy and civic engagement.
Wilding holds a B.A. in urban affairs from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
She has served as president of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Arts & Sciences Alumni Board, as secretary of the YWCA of Greater Kansas City, and on the board of the National Audio Theatre Festivals.
Her hobby is letterpress printing, using a 1,500-pound cast-iron press from the late 1800s.
Highlights of her work include:
- Disconnected: Seven lessons on fixing the digital divide. A layperson’s guide to putting broadband, devices and training within reach of a community.
- Focus groups with unemployed individuals and with people from nonprofits that serve them, held in Chicago, Detroit, Denver and Kansas City.
About the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up our nation's central bank. We work in the public’s interest by supporting economic and financial stability. The Kansas City Fed’s territory includes Colorado, Kansas, western Missouri, Nebraska, northern New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Our headquarters is in Kansas City, with branch offices in Denver, Omaha and Oklahoma City.
The Kansas City Fed Community Development Department promotes economic development and public understanding that leads to progress for lower-income individuals and communities. Our focus areas include community development investments, digital inclusion, small business / entrepreneurism, and workforce development.