Kathleen Lawson to Lead Economics Arkansas

Economics Arkansas, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes economic and financial literacy, said Tuesday that Kathleen Lawson will be its new executive director effective Oct. 2.

A 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector, Lawson has worked the last six years promoting science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education through the Arkansas Discovery Network, a statewide program of the Museum of Discovery.

"Kathleen quickly rose to the top during the executive director search process," Perry Wilson, Economics Arkansas board chairman, said in a news release. "Her breadth of experience in marketing, fundraising and strategic planning and her network of contacts across the state of Arkansas will enable Economics Arkansas to continue to expand and reach more and more students."

Kathleen, her husband Brian, and their two children live in North Little Rock. She fills a vacancy left by former Executive Director Sue Owens, who left earlier this year for a position with the Arkansas Heart Hospital Foundation.

"I look forward to stepping into this role and working with an organization with such a strong legacy of notable leaders and huge educational impact across the state," Lawson said. "Economic and personal finance education are vital not only to individual growth and success, but also to the success of our nation." 

Economics Arkansas was founded as the Arkansas Council on Economic Education in 1962 by Arch Ford and Bessie B. Moore. It aims to equip PreK-12 schools with standards-based resources and professional development to teach economics, personal finance and the free-enterprise system.