LaDonna Gooden

Kansas City Office of the Mayor
Kansas City, MO

LADONNA GOODEN has advised a range of companies, from global Fortune 500 firms to startups, on strategies for digital marketing, business development, and funding. Her work has been in diverse industries, including telecommunications, advertising, energy, consumer packaged goods, and technology. Most recently, she served as executive in residence for AltCap, a community development financial institution, and as a coach for its NeXt Stage KC business development program, which supports underrepresented small business owners. LaDonna earned her MBA and M.A. in finance and international studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from Princeton.



Kansas City is committed to expanding the economic prosperity enjoyed by its downtown to neighborhoods that have yet to experience this revival. To meet this goal, the Office of the Mayor is partnering with FUSE Executive Fellow LaDonna Gooden to collaboratively create a new strategic plan for the city that supports innovation and entrepreneurship, broadens economic prosperity, and strengthens all of its communities.