Kevin D. Sansberry II brings experience in leadership development and talent management to new role as vice president of people, values and culture at national organization
CINCINNATI, OH — StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids, today announced Kevin D. Sansberry II will join the organization Oct. 1 as its first-ever vice president of people, values and culture. In this new role, he will support StriveTogether’s organizational growth and build and implement its leadership and talent strategy, with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Sansberry comes to StriveTogether from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he has held a number of positions since 2009, with the most recent being assistant vice chancellor of human resources. He focused on developing effective, high-performing teams by providing strategic direction for recruitment, onboarding and employee relations; leading university-wide organizational change initiatives; and implementing a competency-based performance management system throughout the university.
“I’m excited to join StriveTogether in its goal of helping every kid succeed from infancy through adulthood,” Sansberry said. “From my time working in higher education, I have a personal commitment to closing gaps for students and a belief in the power of communities to create local change. I look forward to using my experience and skills in talent management to strengthen our ability to get better results for kids and families across America.”
“I’m thrilled to welcome Kevin to our forward-thinking and passionate team,” StriveTogether President and CEO Jennifer Blatz said. “He brings a strong background in engaging employees and helping them grow and succeed during organizational change. He’s also a thoughtful leader and innovative problem solver who will champion our equity work both internally and externally in our 70 communities across the country.”
Currently, Sansberry is pursuing his doctorate in business administration from the University of Missouri-St Louis. He earned his master of business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with an emphasis in leadership and change in human systems and general management, and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from the University of Central Missouri.
Sansberry is a certified consultant through Myers Briggs Foundation and the Center for Conflict Dynamics in both conflict resolution and interpersonal mediation. He has been an active member with several organizations and boards, including serving as president of the Missouri Colleges and University Association in Human Resources for many years.
StriveTogether leads a national movement of 70 communities to get better results in every child’s life. We coach and connect partners across the country to close gaps by using local data, especially for children of color and low-income children. Communities using our proven approach have seen measurable gains in kindergarten readiness, academic achievement and postsecondary success. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches 10.4 million students, involves 10,800 organizations and has partners in 30 states and Washington, D.C.