LEC Staff

Edgar J. Palacios

Edgar is the Founder and CEO of the Latinx Education Collaborative (LEC), an organization that
dutifully works to connect Latinx education professionals, provide networking opportunities and
professional development, and address representation issues in education. Edgar also owns a
nonprofit consultancy (EJPKC, LLC) and has had the privilege of working with organizations such as
Community Builders of Kansas City; Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City; El Centro, Inc.;
Show Me KC Schools; and Kauffman Foundation.

A bilingual nonprofit executive, Edgar previously served as Executive Director of Blue Hills
Community Services (BHCS), a community development corporation situated in the heart of Kansas
City’s urban core and led BHCS through a merger with Swope Community Builders. Prior to his time
at Blue Hills, Edgar also served as Senior Director of Resource Development & Community
Engagement at Connections to Success and Chief Engagement Officer at Central Exchange.
Edgar is an MBA graduate of Rockhurst University. He earned a bachelor of music degree at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Awards and recognition include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City 2016 Most Wanted
honoree; Kauffman Scholars' 2015 Volunteer of the Year; In 2014, Guadalupe Centers' I. Pat Rios
Award for ‘outstanding contribution by an individual to the Latino community of Kansas City’; 2014 KC
Chamber Ace Award; and 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year Candidate.
Edgar is a 2017 graduate of Centurions, the KC Chamber’s premier leadership development program
where he earned the 2017 Centurions Mentor of the Year award. Edgar was also a member of the
2017 Class of the United Way Governance Academy.

Edgar’s commitment to improving education led him to co-found School Tours KC in 2016; a program
designed to bring business and civic leaders into local public schools. Additionally, he was a 2017
Visiting Fellow with Education Pioneers. He is excited to be part of Kansas City’s inaugural Surge
Academy cohort.

Passionate about his community, Edgar has served as president of both Young Latino Professionals
(YLP) of Greater Kansas City and the Kansas City chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
He serves on the Teach for America – Kansas City Champions Board; SuitsForHire Board; and the
Board of the Family Conservancy.