Kimberly Churches is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations at Brookings, overseeing the Institution's development activities and leading the planning and direction of the Institution's Second Century Campaign. In this role, Kim provides strategy and vision for the Institution and its leadership in conjunction with the President, other senior leaders and the Board of Trustees as Brookings prepares for its centenary in 2016.
Before joining Brookings in August 2011, Kim was associate vice chancellor for development at the University of Denver. At DU, she provided leadership for the ASCEND campaign, working closely with the board of trustees and senior management.
Prior to joining DU, she was director of development at the University of North Florida where she was responsible for principal gift fundraising, advisory council development and external affairs for the Coggin College of Business. Previously, as the director of development at the Broward Performing Arts Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Kim directed the annual and planned giving efforts while also securing major gifts to support the endowment campaign.
In May of 2002, Kim earned her professional certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Active within her profession, she has served the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1997—both locally and internationally—serving as the international chair for Education/Training and the Committee on Directorship for AFP International, and a past president of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the AFP for the 30,000 member association. Kim served as the curriculum chair for the Emerging Leaders in Development year-long program in Colorado, and was the board development chair for the Montessori Academy of Colorado. She currently serves as a Trustee on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Political Action Committee and continues to volunteer her time with educational non-profits and international adoption organizations.
Kim lives with her daughter Ruby in Washington.