Kimberly A. Woodard
Before launching WesleyPrestonGreen, Kimberly was Director of Federal Government Relations for Walmart, where she had worked since March 2004, and managed the company’s outreach initiatives to the Democratic Caucus. In this position, Kimberly was responsible for developing strategies and programs to advance the company’s outreach efforts and political priorities. She was a key contact between the company and several congressional caucuses, as well as the White House. She has developed a profile in Washington that includes experience in political fundraising, relationship management, brand reputation and event management.
Prior to joining Walmart, Kimberly worked for 7 years in the Governmental Affairs Department at McLane Company, Inc., a Temple, Texas-based corporation that is the largest nationwide distributor of food and other products to convenience stores and one of the largest distributors of such products to fast food restaurants, where she established the company’s government relations practice and managed a $1 million department budget. At McLane Company, Kimberly primarily focused on tobacco issues and positioned the company to be proactive and aggressive on critical legislative and regulatory issues.
She began her career in government relations when in 1990 she joined Food Distributors International, a trade association representing the food distribution industry. While there she worked in a number of capacities, rising from Legislative Assistant to Associate Director for Government Relations over the course of 7 years.
Kimberly graduated from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Following graduation she was recognized as a Point of Light, a program established by President George H.W. Bush that honored individuals for their commitment to community service.
Kimberly serves on a number of Boards in addition to Running Start’s, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), a non-profit, non-partisan public policy, research and educational institute that aims to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities; the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBC PAC), which supports Democratic incumbents and candidates running for federal office; and the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), which is a nonpartisan political action committee that supports women forty years of age and under running for state and federal public office. Kimberly is also a member of The Links, Incorporated.
She was born in Washington, DC where she returned after graduating from college and stayed until moving to Texas in 1997; in 2004 Kimberly returned to Washington, DC. Kimberly is a sports enthusiast, who enjoys professional football, tennis and golf. She is a life-long devoted fan of the Washington Redskins.