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What does your organization do? GKFF aims to provide every child with an equal opportunity. We use evidence-­based practices to tackle the most pressing problems in our community, often through importing proven national programs. GKFF works by leveraging a wide array of resources, both public and private, to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young children in Tulsa. Our three focus areas—Parent Engagement & Early Education, Family Health & Well-Being and Civic Enhancement—give us the opportunity to address community issues at a deeper level.

Why did you decide to partner with 36°N? An energetic entrepreneurial scene is a key component to attract and retain great talent in Tulsa. GKFF’s partnership with 36 Degrees North fuels a thriving economic engine for our city. The ideas and relationships formed at 36 Degrees North will shape the business, civic and social roadmap for Tulsa. GKFF is proud to support innovation in our community.

GKFF Staff At 36°N

Ken Levit

Ken Levit is executive director of GKFF. Prior to taking on the leadership role at GKFF, Mr. Levit served as president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2001 to 2006. He currently serves as chair of Teach for America-Oklahoma, as a member of the Teach for America National Council, and as chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Tulsa’s Future Commission. Mr. Levit also leads the board of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Levit earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1994 and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987. Connect with Ken on LinkedIn