Kimberly Perry is an advocate and social entrepreneur building and leading powerful organizations that amplify citizens voices.
Kimberly is the daughter of two social workers and feels she was destined for family advocacy and public service. She attended the University of California, San Diego and Norfolk State University earning a bachelor’s degree in child psychology and a master’s degree in Urban Education. Her career and approach to her work demonstrates that social change is best achieved and sustained when the vulnerable communities most-affected are empowered to lead. Over the past 20 years, Kimberly’s organizations have empowered vulnerable communities and driven critical policy change to improve the lives of nearly 30 million women, children and families across the globe.
Career Impact Highlights:
Co-founded DC Hunger Solutions, an anti-hunger advocacy organization organizing parents and community leaders to demand the Mayor and Council fund and administer critical child nutrition investments – summer meals, early childhood nutrition, after school snacks, and school breakfast for the city’s nearly 75,000 low-income students. Nearly 17 years later, DC Hunger Solutions continues to advocate for economic security and nutrition policies that strengthen families in the District of Columbia.
Served on President Bill Clinton’s entrepreneurial team that built and scaled the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Using the power of partnerships and policy, the Alliance has successfully stemmed the rising rates of childhood overweight, and changed the national discourse on child health in America. More than 13 years later, the Alliance has spun off into its own independent 501c3 organization and continues to work with schools, youth-serving organizations, and businesses to build healthier communities and empower more than 28 million kids to develop lifelong healthy habits.
Co-created Girl Up, an international campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Kimberly led a small but mighty team to build and curate a platform for leadership development, advocacy training, and resources for girls to start a movement for social change wherever they are. Nearly a decade later, with resources in 5 languages, there are 2,500 Girl Up Clubs in more than 100 countries. Girl Up has raised nearly $5 million and trained 40,000 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for millions of girls everywhere -- increasing health care, education, and democratic participation for girls in developing countries.
Led DC Vote as executive director for three and a half years driving the national strategy for democratic equality and congressional representation for the American citizens living in the nation's capital. Under Kimberly’s leadership, DC Vote tripled membership through citizen-led neighborhood canvasses and fundraising events; led a winning self-determination campaign and ballot initiative to free the city’s budget from congressional control; and catapulted the voting rights agenda into the historic 2016 presidential election.
Kimberly went on to join Hillary’s 2016 campaign bid for President. In 2017, Kimberly earned an Executive Leadership certificate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Executive Education.
These days you can find Kimberly advising and consulting with companies, foundations and organizations on issue-based advocacy, citizen engagement campaigns and social impact portfolios that amplify citizens' voices to improve the lives of women, children and families.
When she’s not working (which is rarely) Kimberly is at home perfecting a new recipe, watching documentaries, salsa dancing, or on a hiking trail.