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. Kimberly worked in President Clinton’s Administration as a senior political appointee and spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department. She was twice an election observer in Nigeria, and has worked on relief projects in 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 was recently invited to join the founding Transatlantic Advisory Board of United Way in Germany, and divides her time between LA and 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 sits on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, co-chairs the Council Steering Committee, and serves on the Nominating Committee, the Development and Outreach Committee, the Europe and Central Asia Advisory Committee, and the Berlin and Los Angeles City Committees.