Kimberly Perry is DC Vote's Executive Director, leading the organization's national strategy to achieve democratic equality and congressional representation for the American citizens living in the nation's capitol.
She is well-known and respected for her fundraising, education and policy-advocacy initiatives, recognized internationally, which have driven critical policy change to improve the lives of nearly 40 million children and their families across the globe.
Highlights of her work over the past 25 years have been:
• Organizing poor and low-income communities to urge the passage of landmark federal legislation which expanded health coverage for 6 million of the country's most vulnerable children.
• Leading a ten-year plan to end childhood hunger in Washington, D.C. instituting new policies and practices to expand federal nutrition programs and assure every child has access to three healthy meals a day in their schools and neighborhoods.
• Joining President Clinton's foundation to take on the US childhood obesity epidemic by helping to build a national organization which empowers youth, parents and schools to advocate policies and programs to get rid of junk food in schools, make exercise more accessible, and urge a more responsive healthcare system for more than 30 million children.
• Creating a fundraising and advocacy platform for the United Nations to challenge global leaders to institute laws that empower girls and women thru education, healthcare, opportunities to participate in their communities and have a voice in their democracies.
Perry says her campaign ingredients are steeped in a philosophy that everyone, no matter their resources or status, has a meaningful role to play in creating equitable and just societies. Furthermore, she believes transformative change is achieved when young people and individuals most disenfranchised are empowered to lead.
When asked about DC Vote's work, her passion shines through. She remarks that the organization's most notable progress over the last three years is:
• Leading a self-determination campaign and ballot initiative that legally removes the city’s local tax dollars from congressional control.
• Encouraging HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to produce a segment about DC’s democratic inequality and consulting with the show’s researchers on facts and human stories which illuminate the issue.
• Negotiating the first public service advertising (PSA) campaign in the city's taxi cabs, more than 22 million riders each year. National and local membership has tripled in just three short years.
• Mobilized record turn-out (needed an overflow room) for a Senate hearing re-examining the city's political status, the first such hearing in twenty years.
Prior to DC Vote, Perry led innovative campaigns and initiatives for: Families USA, the Food Research and Action Center (DC Hunger Solutions); the Clinton Foundation (Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Clinton Global Initiative); and the UN Foundation (Girl Up).
Perry is a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center and a member of Leadership Greater Washington’s Class of 2004. She is a proud mom and civically active resident of the District of Columbia.