At the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, we love our board members and want to be sure you know who they are! Their individual and collective strength, support, and leadership are key to helping women thrive.
Kimberly Hilliard, Ph.D., serves as the the founding Executive Director for the Office of Community Engagement at Jackson State University. Dr. Hilliard, native of Washington, DC, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University, a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and obtained her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University. Hilliard provides leadership in connecting the University with local, state, and federal agencies, community-based organizations, and local residents and businesses.
We asked Kim a couple of questions about her obvious passion for the WFM:
Q: What made you want to become involved with the WFM?
My professional background is in community and economic development. The volunteer service with WFM allows for my professional and personal values to intersect. My desire is to always give back due to the many blessings bestowed upon me. It’s exciting to work with an organization that has an intentional path towards improved quality of life for all Mississippians. Our generation has the opportunity and obligation to build upon our strengths as a state and course correct mistakes made in the past.
Our grantees are doing transformative work by promoting economic opportunities, social change tied to research, diversity, and innovation. The efforts supported by WFM will have an impact for generations to come. Lastly, it’s a cool board!
Q: What is one thing you wish people knew about the work and mission of the WFM?
There is a direct correlation between the well-being of young girls and women and the vitality of the State of Mississippi. I firmly believe in an African proverb that states “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).” By supporting WFM, you are developing stronger citizens and communities of Mississippi.