James C. Rahn, The Kern Family Foundation

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: Charter schools, school choice, religious higher education, and STEM

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PROFILE: James C. Rahn is president of The Kern Family Foundation in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His foundation bio shares:

James C. Rahn became president of The Kern Family Foundation in February 2008. In this role, he directs the expansion and establishment of programs that equip the rising generation of Americans to become leaders and innovators. He joined the Foundation in 2007 as the Education Reform program director.

Rahn’s diverse career is united by his passion for education entrepreneurship. After teaching and serving as a principal in several Lutheran schools, he moved to Milwaukee in 1997 to act as regional coordinator for the Wisconsin Lutheran High School conference.

In 1998, Rahn joined the expanding school choice environment by co-founding HOPE Christian Schools, Inc., which now operates five schools in Milwaukee. Then, in 2001, he became a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he founded the WLC Center for Urban Teaching.

A few years later, Rahn co-founded Educational Enterprises, Inc., an organization that provides students with world-class learning opportunities. EEI operates HOPE Christian Schools, EAGLE College Prep Schools, and Compass Educational Programs.

He serves on the boards of several organizations including the Acton Institute, the Charter School Growth Fund, and Project Lead The Way.