Kimberly Marteau Emerson is a lawyer, civic leader and human rights advocate. From 2013-2017, she lived in Berlin with her husband, US Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson (ret.), where she worked both with the US Embassy as well as independently to drive projects on multiple platforms, including promotion of German immigration and integration efforts related to the 2015/2016 refugee crisis; and addressing the issue throughout Germany of bringing women to the economic and political decision-making table. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences there.
Kimberly worked in the Clinton Administration as a senior political appointee and spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department. She has been an election observer in Nigeria, and worked on relief projects in Lesbos, Greece during the 2015 refugee crisis, 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. She is a member of the Board of Governors of Bard College in Berlin, and a member of the Advisory Boards of United Way in Germany and KCRW-Berlin. 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.).
Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, co-chairs the Council Steering Committee, and serves on the Nominating, Development and Outreach, and Policy Committees of the Board, the Europe and Central Asia Advisory Committee, and the Berlin and Los Angeles (co-chair emerita) City Committees.