Kimberly Walsh is a community collaborator with fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to being selected as a National Urban Fellow, she served as an Executive Director with Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS), a regional nonprofit organization that supports the Chesapeake Bay watershed with the integration of arts, science, and research connected to educational environmental service opportunities.
In her role, Ms. Walsh built long-term partnerships with local government officials, watershed groups, schools, and harnessed the energy of university students in citizen science research and environmental stewardship projects, engaging 3,000+ volunteers. Her efforts resulted in volunteers taking on leadership roles within the organization and receiving a Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship and a nomination for 2042 Today: Young Leaders Re-Imagining Conservation.
Simultaneously, Kim co-owned and managed an organic vegetable and shiitake mushroom farm business. She worked in organic greenhouse production, management, sales, packaging, marketing, and delivery. The farm hosted 20+ educational events and taught 250+ interns, students, volunteers, and children about agroecology, agroforestry, and permaculture design systems.
Committed to health, wellness, and women’s empowerment, Ms. Walsh also serves as a community birth doula and yoga instructor. Furthermore, she co-chaired the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network from 2012-2014 and served as a volunteer on the Steering Committee from 2010-2012, ensuring women farmers had access to agricultural and business educational opportunities.
Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s in International Relations and worked abroad in Guatemala, Czech Republic, and South Korea on human rights education. She is thrilled to be a part of the National Urban Fellows family and was placed at the Office of Social Responsibility at the Port of Seattle.