Cameron Cushman is a Manager in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation where he focuses his efforts on strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Kansas City region. He leads the Foundation’s efforts on the Big 5 initiative to make Kansas City America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.
Cushman previously directed the Foundation’s efforts to educate policymakers about the importance of entrepreneurs as job creators and was involved in several efforts in Washington to improve the policy environment for entrepreneurs including the Startup Act of 2011, the Startup Act 2.0, and the JOBS Act. He is also an occasional contributor to the Policy Forum section of entrepreneurship.org.
Prior to joining Kauffman, Cushman served in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Market Access and Compliance division of the International Trade Administration. At Commerce, Cushman worked to expedite trade along the U.S.–Mexico border, quantify the cost of non-tariff barriers on American exports and led the effort that launched the website www.entrepreneurship.gov. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Cushman served in the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Presidential Correspondence at The White House.
Cushman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with minors in history and journalism from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced International Affairs from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.