Kimberly M. Ross

Assistant DirectorKim Ross
1112 Preinkert Field House
(202) 531-9333

Kimberly M. Ross is a consultant currently serving as Assistant Director for the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland where she conducts fundraising and proposal development, provides management consulting and helps to incubate new programs, and develops workshops. Her current work is focused on creating and incubating the Purple Line Corridor Coalition to help future investments in the Purple Line Corridor achieve the maximum possible economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents and businesses of the corridor.

With over twenty years of management experience, Ross has led the strategic design and implementation of highly-valued information services, partnerships, and research organizations. These management roles have required her to wear many hats from incubator and publisher to writer and fundraiser to conference designer and public relations liaison.

Ross has extensive experience creating valuable enterprises from her twelve years in management at the University of Maryland. She helped to design, create and manage the Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER) with it’s focus on the interplay of regional dynamics and climate change, climate adaptation and sustainability. She served as CIER Executive Director for six years. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy & Private Enterprise in the Maryland School of Public Policy for six years.

Throughout her eight years of public service at the national level, Ross served in a variety of roles with the White House Domestic Policy Office, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and the US Department of Education – in the Office of Intergovernmental, Interagency and International Affairs; and the Division of Community Services and Partnerships. In this agency, she played a key role in improving and establishing new government information services and major public-private partnership activities. Ross received four Hammer Awards (given by the National Partnership for Reinventing Government) for her successes in improving customer and information services, expanding public engagement, empowering employees to improve services, and creating effective public-private partnerships.

Prior to moving to the nation’s capital, she conducted research for Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development. Ross holds a MPP in Environmental Policy from the Maryland School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Business Administration from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.