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 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.

Commentary


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.
 

Work by Kimberly Churches

Senator Shelley Moore Capito meets with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh

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   |   Advocacy   |   August 03, 2018
African American woman graduate stands in her cap and gown at a stone wall with the back to the camera looking to the left.

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
AAUW members with President John F. Kennedy as he signs the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963.

AAUW Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act

“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 »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   June 07, 2018
"Equal Pay For All" Instagram shareable

Starbucks Commits to Pay Equity

AAUW CEO Kim Churches issued a statement in response to Starbucks’ announcement concerning the company’s pay equity and paid leave policies. Read more »

Article   |   Economic Justice   |   March 21, 2018
A notebook and pencil on a desk in an empty school classroom

Trump Administration Rejects Transgender Complaints under Title IX

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 »

Article   |   Education & Training   |   February 12, 2018

Department of Education Rescinds Crucial Title IX Guidance

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 »

Article   |   Education & Training   |   September 22, 2017
A young woman holds a banner in front of a crowd. The banner reads, Justice for Rape Survivors

AAUW Responds to Department of Education Title IX Announcement

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 »

"Immigration Rights Are Women's Rights" & "We Are All Immigrants" Signs At The May Day Immigration Rights Rally (Washington, DC)

AAUW Responds to Rescinding of DACA Program

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 »

Article   |   Advocacy   |   September 05, 2017