Kim Rubey

Global Head of Social Impact and Philanthropy, Airbnb


Kim Rubey (COL ’96) is the global head of social impact and philanthropy at Airbnb, where she leads the company’s work to utilize the power of the Airbnb community and the resources of the company to positively impact communities around the world. In this role, Rubey oversees all of Airbnb’s social impact initiatives including its disaster response program, major non-profit partnerships, charitable contributions, and volunteer and service oriented programming, and product integrations.

Rubey joined Airbnb in 2011 as the global head of communications and led strategic planning for major company initiatives such as Airbnb’s launch in Cuba. For over 20 years, Rubey has driven communications strategies for leading technology companies, political campaigns, and government agencies. Prior to joining Airbnb, Rubey held senior communications roles at Yahoo! and eBay; in 2004 she served as the communications director for the vice presidential nominee for the Kerry-Edwards campaign after working on several Democratic campaigns. Rubey lives in San Francisco, California and serves on the board of directors for StoryCorps and the advisory board for Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service.

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