Kimberly Branch
Obama Foundation, Senior Associate, Education Strategy

Kimberly is the Senior Associate of Education Strategy at the Obama Foundation. In this role, she focuses on strategic planning, impact assessment, and process improvement for the Education Team. Before the Obama Foundation, she worked as a Management Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, writing multi-year strategic plans for federal government entities.

Kimberly spent six years working in public education, motivated by her experiences as a first-generation college student and a graduate of a low-performing K-12 public school system. She first served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Washington, DC. Kimberly later returned to her hometown of Memphis, TN to manage the recruitment and selection process for teachers in the Memphis City Schools district, via TNTP. She then served as Director of Recruitment for the Achievement School District, a statewide turnaround school district aimed at moving the bottom 5% of schools in Tennessee to the top 25%.

Kimberly earned her Master in Public Policy and a Certificate in Management, Leadership and Decision Sciences from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. At HKS, Kimberly was a member of the inaugural class of the Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, a full-tuition and stipend fellowship for students dedicated to serving the African-American community and other underserved communities. She also served as the co-chair of the annual Black Policy Conference at HKS. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar alumna and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Kimberly’s interests in racial equity, poverty, and justice stem from her personal upbringing. She was raised in a deeply loving household with her single-parent mother, maternal grandparents, and older sister. However, in her majority-black community, she also experienced firsthand the effects of generations of racism and denied opportunities, manifested most harshly as poverty. Kimberly is deeply committed to honoring the sacrifices of her family and her communities in her work and daily life.