Jessica Looze is a senior program officer in research-to-practice translation in Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she manages activities focused on learning, translation, and sharing of research activities for practitioners. Her work includes grantmaking, research program design, and leadership related to entrepreneurship program design and policy implementation that illuminates successful outcomes to support entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Looze was an assistant director of research and evaluation at the Center for Public Partnerships and Research at the University of Kansas, where she led the evaluation and coordination efforts on a variety of projects related to maternal and child health and early childhood systems building. Earlier, Looze was a senior research analyst and policy analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, School of Public Health at the University of California – Los Angeles; a quantitative analysis instructor for Suffolk University; a graduate student online instructor of elementary statistics at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst; and a project coordinator for the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at Brown University.
Looze has written or co-written several peer-reviewed articles that appear in publications such as Social Science Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Applied Gerontology, and The Gerontologist, as well as encyclopedia entries and policy briefs. She has spoken at several ventures, such as the 2018 Oklahoma Early Childhood Symposium in Edmund, Oklahoma, and the 2017 Child Care Aware of America Leadership Institute.
Looze has a PhD and Masters of Arts in sociology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and womenâ€™s studies from Kansas State University.