Kimberly Churches

Kimberly Churches

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Kimberly Churches is the chief executive officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a leading voice in advancing equity for women and girls through research, advocacy and education. Prior to joining AAUW, Kim was the managing director of the Brookings Institution, an internationally recognized public policy think tank. In that capacity, she strategically guided Brookings, providing vision and problem-solving skills while focusing on expansive partnerships, external relations and advancement.

Kim also served as associate vice chancellor at the University of Denver, a director of development at the University of North Florida, and a division director at the American Heart Association. Kim is widely recognized for her success at working collaboratively in education, as well as for capacity-building for grassroots groups and national and international nonprofits..

She has also served as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Denver, a director of development at the University of North Florida, and a division director at the American Heart Association. She has extensive experience working collaboratively on education (K–12 and higher education) as well as on capacity building among grassroots groups and national and international nonprofits.

In addition to her work at AAUW, Kim is the current chair of the BUILD Metro DC board, which focuses on the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship for underresourced communities, and the board treasurer of 1455, a new center for the literary arts in Virginia. She also serves as a director on the board of the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

With her pragmatic approach, Kim is a dynamic and sought-after speaker at national conferences. She is regularly interviewed by top national media outlets and her insights on how to advance gender equity are routinely quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and more. She has also written for national media outlets, including CNN, The Hill and Fortune, and she is a columnist for MSNBC’s Know Your Value website
 

Work by Kimberly Churches

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AAUW Denounces Rescission of School Discipline Guidance

Statement from (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches about the Administration’s decision to rescind guidance to schools on how to address disparities in school discipline. Read more »

Article   |   December 21, 2018
Video screenshot of AAUW Board Chair Julia Brown and CEO Kimberly Churches discussing the increase to AAUW membership dues in 2018.

A Year of Progress and Possibilities

This will be remembered as a consequential year for women, and AAUW is proud to be leading an organization committed to achieving gender equity at this pivotal moment in history. Read more »

Article   |   December 18, 2018

AAUW Statement on the 2018 Midterm Elections

Women were a pivotal force in the 2018 midterm elections. AAUW encourages elected officials locally, regionally, and nationally to work together to advance gender equity. Read more »

Article   |   November 07, 2018

AAUW Reacts to Kavanaugh Confirmation

AAUW denounces the Senate’s vote today to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a seat on the Supreme Court. The integrity of the Court, which has the final say on the health, education, and economic security of women and girls, will be forever altered by the confirmation of a Justice rushed through a partisan process. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   October 06, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh's listens to opening remarks during Senate Confirmation Hearings on September 4, 2018, for his nomination to the Supreme Court. (NBC News screenshot)

AAUW Urges Withdrawal of Kavanaugh Nomination

AAUW believes that if the Senate will not allow the FBI to investigate the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his nomination must be withdrawn. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   September 27, 2018
Sharable graphic: Women in the United States are typically paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men.

AAUW Statement: It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap

Today’s news that the gender pay gap remains stuck at 20 cents on the dollar reminds us once again that we need to accelerate our efforts to eliminate this inequity once and for all.  Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   September 12, 2018
Hand-painted T-shirts hang on a clothesline. One says, “When can I feel safe?”

AAUW Reacts to Reports of Proposed Title IX Rules

The U.S. Department of Education may soon propose new rules rolling back Title IX protections for victims of sexual harassment and assault in schools. Read more »

Article   |   Campus   |   August 30, 2018

AAUW Statement Opposing the Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

AAUW opposes Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. It is clear to us that he would do grave harm by undermining positions central to AAUW’s mission. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Security   |   August 03, 2018
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AAUW Statement on Trump Administration Rescinding Diversity and Affirmative Action Guidance

Diversity and equal opportunity should be top priorities for U.S. education. Today’s decision by the Trump Administration to rescind the affirmative action and diversity in schools guidance is a major step backward in efforts to advance equity in education. Read more »

Article   |   Education & Training   |   July 03, 2018
Justice Anthony Kennedy official SCOTUS portrait

AAUW Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

It is crucial that Justice Kennedy’s successor be a fair-minded and independent jurist who understands that his or her decisions have a very real impact on the daily lives and decisions of women and their families. Read more »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   June 27, 2018