Dawn Downes is a Senior Program Officer at the foundation, responsible for program development and grants administration in the foundation’s priority outcome areas of Enroll All Eligible, Close the Coverage Gap, and Strong Safety Net, as well as for special projects. Downes joined REACH in 2007 to direct the foundation’s first initiative, Project Ready Smile, a three-year, children’s oral health project jointly funded by the REACH Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.
Downes previously developed and directed community education programs on child abuse and child protection for Sunflower House, a child abuse prevention and child advocacy organization that serves Johnson and Wyandotte counties. She has a background in child development and parent support for at-risk families.
Downes has a Bachelor of Family Services from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in family and community services from Kansas State University. She and her two children reside in Olathe, Kansas.