Kimberly Brown

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kimberly Brown has worked promoting economic mobility through education, workforce development, and philanthropy for over 15 years and currently leads worker-and job-quality-focused portfolios at the foundation.

She began her career as a faculty teaching member, teaching English language learners at the University of Maryland, then moved to Montgomery Community College where she developed specialized, employment-focused curricula and programs for refugees and other populations with high barriers to employment, including victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, survivors of torture and trauma, opportunity youth, and re-entering community members. From there she became the chief program officer at DC Central Kitchen, focused on social enterprise models, food justice, and workforce development for individuals experiencing poverty, incarceration, homelessness, and addiction.