Kim Kingsley

Co-founder and former Chief Operating Officer, POLITICO

Kim Kingsley spent nearly a decade as Chief Operating Officer of POLITICO, the non-partisan digital media company that upended and forever changed political and policy journalism in Washington, D.C., New York, Europe — and soon beyond. As a co-founder of the organization in 2006, Kim quickly helped guide the new company to profitability and widespread public acclaim. While at POLITICO, Kim not only shaped larger company strategy, but had executive oversight of more than a dozen departments, with expertise in editorial, marketing, digital, and business development. Under her leadership, POLITICO grew to 450 employees and was recognized by Fast Company Magazine and many others as among the most innovative and creative companies in the industry. Kim led the creation and development of “Women Rule,” a ground-breaking series co-sponsored by POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation that is dedicated to recognizing women who are creating change in politics and policy.

In the months following her departure from POLITICO, Kim continued her work in the women’s empowerment space and spent time in Swaziland serving as a strategic advisor to Gone Rural, a thriving handcraft business and social enterprise dedicated to uplifting the lives of women and their communities. Prior to POLITICO, Kim cut her teeth in traditional media, first as an Executive Producer for WTOP, the top-rated all-news radio station in Washington, D.C., and later as the Deputy Director of Media and Special Projects at The Washington Post.

Kim is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Kim also serves on The Pennsylvania State University College of Communications Advancement Council and The Pennsylvania State University Marketing and Communications Committee. ELLE Magazine named Kim one of Washington’s “Ten Most Powerful Women,” and Washington Life Magazine featured her on recent “Power 100” and “Rising Stars Under 40” lists. She’s worked as an Advisor for ELLE’s “The Agenda,” a feature focused on mentoring the magazine’s young women readership. Kim also serves as a Global Ambassador for the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a program designed to provide mentorship opportunities for emerging women leaders. Kim graduated from Penn State, earning her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, and spent her final semester abroad at the University of Ghana. Kim was also proud to serve as a speaker at one of Penn State’s 2015 commencement ceremonies and is a recent recipient of the school’s prestigious Alumni Achievement Award.

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