Kimberly O’Neil is an award-winning professor, executive leader, and social good expert who served as the youngest African-American woman City Manager in the United States. As a veteran senior government and nonprofit executive, she has led activities that have generated more than $20,000,000 for community initiatives throughout her career, negotiated major urban economic development projects, and used her voice to impact public policy decisions while lobbying in New York City and on Capitol Hill.
While recognizing the value of social good organizations, Kimberly focuses on increasing the awareness of their impact on community and economic development efforts. She serves as the CEO of Giving Blueprint, a consulting company with a mission to increase community engagement through neighborhood revitalization, development of strategic partnerships, advocacy, and civic education. Kimberly is equally known for her work as a mentor and advisor to nonprofit organizations. She founded Cause Studio, a collaborative nonprofit initiative, to provide cost-friendly training and resources that aid the social sector in reducing the number of failing startup nonprofit organizations. Since its launch in 2015, Kimberly has mentored organizations to collective revenue generating activities in excess of $1,000,000 annually. For her efforts, she was recognized with awards from the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader and the National Association of Women Business Owners – DFW Chapter as an Entrepreneurial Spirit Mentor. Additionally, she has served as the social good lead for Techstar’s Dallas Startup Week which provided training for hundreds of social entrepreneurs. Additionally, Kimberly uses her community and government experiences as a Political Science Professor where she was honored as the Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year for Collin College (TX), and as one of the Faces of Higher Education by Frisco Style Magazine.
She is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BA), Brooklyn College (MA), and the Bernard M. Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (MPA). She received her credentials as a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from The George Washington University.
In addition to being a featured expert in community giving for HuffPost Live, Kimberly is a national speaker who has presented to organizations such as: TEDxPlano, Executive Women in Texas Government, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Good Morning America Contributor Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle Tour.
Kimberly serves as an Advisory Committee member for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ social innovation program GroundFloor, and was appointed by the City of Plano (TX) Mayor and Council to the Community Relations Commission, where she now serves as Vice Chair. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, and a founding member of HERitage Giving Fund, the first African American giving circle in Texas.