John Tyler- Foundations & PRIs
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
As the Foundation’s general counsel, secretary, and chief ethics officer, John Tyler manages all legal aspects of the
Foundation’s operations, including governance, intellectual property, employment, investments, and compliance
with applicable state and federal regulations.
Tyler is a frequent presenter on such diverse topics as nonprofit governance, private foundations, intellectual
property, and advancing university innovation for national organizations such as the Philanthropy Roundtable,
Association of Small Foundations, the Council on Foundations, the American Bar Association Committee on
Taxation, the Max Planck Institute, Indian Institute of Science, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Tyler has authored or coauthored numerous scholarly articles published in law reviews and legal journals, such as a
recent article on advancing university innovation in the University of Minnesota Law School's Journal of Law,
Science and Technology. He is also a co-author of the monograph How Public is Private Philanthropy? Separating
Reality from Myth (Philanthropy Roundtable 2009).
Tyler continues to serve in nonprofit leadership roles, including the Alliance for Charitable Reform, The Philanthropic
Collaborative, Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., Urban Entrepreneur Partnership, Inc., UEP Gulf Coast, Inc., and
Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Tyler has served as a member of the Advisory Board to NYU Law School’s National Center
on Philanthropy and the Law.