Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Prior to joining AAUW, Kim served as 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.
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, Kimberly currently serves as the chair of the BUILD Metro DC board, which focuses on the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship for underresourced communities, and is on the board of the Virginia Center for the Literary Arts. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., an organization that represents women leaders in diverse fields and whose mission is to further dynamic leadership and leverage global access to and maximize opportunities for women in 33 countries on 6 continents.
Kim lives in the District with her daughter and is a devoted Washington Nationals fan.
Washington Post. How to boost your odds of getting a raise: Ask for one, and be a white man. Rachel Siegel. June 6, 2018.
USA Today. How to raise a feminist in 6 not-so-easy steps. Alia E. Dastagir. March 5, 2018.
Cincinnati Enquirer. When does bad behavior turn into sexual harassment?. Terry DeMio and Kate Murphy. February 28, 2018.
Despite its equalizing intent, women and girls still do not have equal educational experiences or opportunities 46 years after Congress passed Title IX. Read more »
Work by Kimberly Churches
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 »
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 »
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 »
“In 1963, women made 59 cents for every dollar a man made. Since then, the gap has closed by 39 cents — but we still have 20 cents to go.” — American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches Read more »
AAUW CEO Kim Churches issued a statement in response to Starbucks’ announcement concerning the company’s pay equity and paid leave policies. Read more »
AAUW CEO Kim Churches issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement concerning transgender student bathroom complaints. Read more »
AAUW issued a statement concerning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement concerning interim policy at the Department of Education to rescind crucial Title IX guidance. Read more »
American Association of University Women Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches issued the following statement responding to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement concerning the future of Title IX enforcement. Read more »
American Association of University Women Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches released a statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read more »