Dane Stangler

Dane Stangler

Vice President, Research and Policy EMKF United States of America

As vice president of Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Dane Stangler serves on the Foundation’s senior leadership team and leads a staff of more than twenty economic research analysts and senior scholars who are conducting or funding hundreds of studies on entrepreneurship and youth education.

Charged with creating new knowledge about entrepreneurship, Stangler is the author of several research reports on what drives economic growth in an entrepreneurial economy. His reports include “Path-Dependent Startup Hubs” and “Where Will the Jobs Come From?”

An avid writer, Stangler has written dozens of op-eds, guest columns, and blog posts for national news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Inc., The Hill, Real Clear Politics, and Huffington Post, and is a regular blogger on He also is a frequently quoted in news stories in these outlets as well as on broadcast news outlets, including CNN, Fox News, CNBC, and Bloomberg.

With the goal of translating research into real-world implications, Stangler engages with policymakers at the national, state, and local levels. He has spoken at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual conference and at National Governors Association events, and testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. He also presented testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the advantages of senior entrepreneurship.

Stangler has been a featured speaker at meetings and conferences around the world, including at the White House’s annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the Inc. 500/5000 annual conference, the National Association of Business Economics’ policy summit, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. In 2015, he was named on the list ’40 Under 40′ by the Kansas City-based Ingram magazine.

Stangler earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University, and a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.