Jason Wiens is the lead policy engagement manager in Research and Policy for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. His responsibilities include making federal, state, and local policymakers aware of the work done by the Kauffman Foundation in addition to writing policy briefs and developing policy engagement strategies. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Wiens was the deputy legislative director for U.S. Senator Jerry Moran where he oversaw the development and implementation of the Senator’s legislative agenda, analyzed policy proposals, and provided counsel to the Senator. He led bipartisan effort in the U.S. Senate to develop and introduce major legislation (Startup Act, Startup Act 2.0, and Startup Act 3.0) with three other congressional offices. Wiens earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.