Kimberly Marteau Emerson is a lawyer and civic leader. She recently addressed the role of gender in Germany, where she lived, by creating conversations around bringing women to the economic and political decision-making table. Kimberly worked in President Clinton’s Administration as a senior political appointee and spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department. She was twice an election observer in Nigeria, and has worked on relief projects in Sri Lanka post-tsunami, and New Orleans post-Katrina. She serves on the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and serves on the Program Committee of Sunnylands.
Kimberly has been deeply active in U.S. Presidential politics and helped many Democratic candidates on the local, state and federal level. She has also received several awards for her civic engagement. Previously, Kimberly practiced law with Tuttle & Taylor, and worked in Hollywood as a business and creative executive with Savoy Pictures and Sony Entertainment. She holds degrees from UCLA (B.A.), UC Hastings College of the Law ( J.D.) and l’Université de Droit d’Aix-Marseille (D.E.S.U.). She is an avid tennis player, skier and runner, loves California Cabernets and German Rieslings and, when time permits, binge watches Homeland, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, and reads great literature, and political and historical nonfiction. She recently returned to Los Angeles after a few years in Berlin, where her husband, John Emerson, was U.S. Ambassador to Germany. They have three young adult daughters.
Kimberly sits on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, the Council Steering Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Development and Outreach Committee, the Europe and Central Asia Advisory Committee, and the Berlin and Los Angeles City Committees.