Kimberly Casey is currently the Director of Member Networks for Forefront (the old Donors Forum). She is responsible for implementing action plans around specific industry social issues with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to set the strategic collective direction for programs and community impact. She also leads on racial equity for the organization. In her prior role as Manager of Member Programs for Chicago United she was responsible for providing leadership, planning, implementation and management of Chicago United programs. These included; the Corporate CEO Roundtables, Senior Executive Forums, Diversity Officer Roundtables, Annual Meeting, as well as collaborative programs with local major corporations and nonprofit partners specific to diversity and inclusion.
Kimberly has extensive diversity, equity and inclusion engagement experience that enables her to have a broad network and successful relationships with leaders in both public and private sectors and communities. Her unique skillset includes a broad array of civic engagement strategies; diversity and inclusion thought leadership; nonprofit organizational development and capacity building; training and curriculum development; along with excellent verbal and written communication skills and detailed project management. Kimberly has most recently been trained to conduct racial equity impact analyses and racial healing circles. Additionally, Kimberly has provided consulting for Kettering Foundation and College of DuPage’s Public Policy Institute where she led a broad spectrum of collaborative efforts – all aimed at increasing the public’s capacity to work together to solve common problems. She has moderated deliberative dialogues, develop balanced frameworks for examining public issues and engaged policymakers and other stakeholders.
Since 1999, Kimberly has served as mentor to college and university professors looking to establish centers for civic engagement. In this capacity, she has also trained residents, community leaders, students and professional networks to lead and moderate forums and develop frameworks for discussions around local, regional, national and international issues. Kimberly has been a key contributor in organizations that strive toward social development, justice and community service through her volunteer experiences including the Urban League. She is a board member of Trilogy, the third-largest behavioral health organization in the state of Illinois.