UMKC Foundation Leadership

Steven P. Norris, President

Steven P. Norris

Steven P. Norris plays an instrumental role in promoting a greater understanding of and support for the university’s mission, goals and major initiatives, and is responsible for meeting the foundation’s annual fundraising goals.

Norris joined the foundation as its second president in January of 2015 after spending nearly 10 years at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, most recently as executive director for development. Norris oversaw the annual fund, digital fundraising, and planned giving. He was responsible for $50 million annually in fundraising. At UMKC, he oversees the foundation’s $250 million capital campaign, The Campaign for UMKC.

Norris’ fundraising career began in Kansas City as associate director of development for the Salvation Army of Kansas & Western Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from UMKC.

Jeff Chapman, Assistant Vice President

Jeff Chapman

Jeff Chapman has more than 25 years of experience in volunteer and professional fundraising. His current role is directing planned giving and corporate relations campus wide, while also focusing on constituent fund development for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, School of Law, School of Graduate Studies and the Honors College. Chapman came to UMKC in 2013 as director of major and leadership gifts for the Bloch School. During that time the Bloch School has quadrupled the number of scholarship dollars going to students.

Chapman is a member of the Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club, serving as vice president and membership director, and he is on the KC Committee for Coaches Versus Cancer. He currently serves on the Leadership Kansas Alumni Committee representing his class of 2012. Chapman remains actively involved in all of the communities where he has lived and worked.

Jennifer Ingraham, Assistant Vice President

Jennifer Ingraham

Jennifer Ingraham has been fundraising for the arts and higher education sectors in Kansas City for more than 20 years. In her current position, she leads fundraising efforts for university priorities on UMKC’s historic Volker Campus. Prior to joining the foundation, Ingraham successfully completed Kansas City Rep’s 50th Anniversary Campaign, raising $5.5M to renovate the Spencer Theatre. Prior to joining KC Rep, Ingraham held fundraising and/or corporate sponsorship roles with Park University, UMKC, Missouri Repertory Theatre, The Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Symphony.

Ingraham serves on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Girl Scout Council of NE KS & NW MO, NonProfit Connect and the Chancellor's Advisory Board to the UMKC Women's Center. She has been recognized as a 2014 NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal and a 2013 NonProfit Connect Rising Star of Philanthropy.

Jay Wilson, Assistant Vice President

Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson was born and raised in Sedalia, Missouri, and graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1998. He attended the University of Central Missouri and graduated with a degree in Political Science & Speech Communication in 2002. Wilson received his master’s degree in public administration from Park University in 2009.  

Following service in the Middle East with the United States Navy, Wilson returned to Missouri to work in the nonprofit sector. Prior to his arrival at UMKC in 2012, he worked for the Kansas City Sports Commission, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences, and Park University.

Wilson is currently in his second term as a member of the North Kansas City School Board, and is in his first term as a member of the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority board of Kansas City.