Sought after speaker on topics such as women's leadership, gender and race in politics and Black women in the political arena.
Leads panel and group discussions on race, gender and politics, women's leadership and anti-racism.
Provides tools and skills that enable candidates and organizations to raise resources necessary to create paradigm shifts.
Recognized voice on politics, elections, women's leadership and race and gender.
Counsels elected officials, candidates and organizations on voter mobilization, campaign strategy and partnership development.
Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, the leading national organization dedicated to building Black women’s collective political power from the voting booth to elected office. She is currently a Visiting Practitioner at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she serves as an advisor on CAWP’s Election 2020 analysis, and guest lectures in various graduate and undergraduate courses.
Kimberly and her Co-Founder Glynda Carr have built Higher Heights from an idea on the back of a placemat into an organization that has helped elect 10 Black women to Congress, 1 Black woman to the US Senate and grow the number of Black women in statewide executive office and leading our nation’s largest cities.
Higher Heights has helped drive the national narrative about the power of Black women voters and has inspired countless Black women to step into their power whether as voters, activists or elected leaders.
A highly skilled political fundraiser and event planner, Kimberly was the principal of Peeler Allen Consulting from 2003 to 2014, the only African American full-time fundraising consulting firm in New York State. Kimberly served as finance director for Letitia James’ successful bid to become Public Advocate of the City of New York and the first African American woman elected citywide in New York’s history.
In 2018, Kimberly was selected as one of the Roddenberry Fellowship's 20 incredible established and emerging activists to devote an entire year to projects that will make the US more inclusive and equitable through their inaugural cohort.
Launched in 2018, Kimberly is a founding member and served as Board Chair of ReflectUS, a non-partisan coalition of some of the nation’s leading organizations focused on women’s political leadership. ReflectUS is a data-driven effort to fast-track gender representation at all levels of government. The ground-breaking coalition is designed to increase the number of women elected to office and achieve representation in politics for women from across the ideological, racial, ethnic and geographic spectrum.
In addition to her role at Higher Heights, Kimberly served as the Co-Executive Director of New York Attorney General Letitia James' Transition Committee. In this capacity, Kimberly oversaw the recruitment and retention of key staff in the New York Attorney General’s Office, the execution of the Attorney General’s inaugural events across the state and worked with the 42-person Transition Committee to develop policy areas for enhancement within the Attorney General’s Office.
This year at least 266 women of colour - 175 Democrat and 91 Republican - are major-party candidates for the U.S. Congress, setting new records for the 2020 elections. We hear from Candace Valenzuela standing for office in Dallas, Texas and Desiree Tims in Dayton, Ohio. Kimberly Peeler-Allen, a co-founder of Higher Heights, joins them
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Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for President in this year’s US elections has finally named his running mate as Kamala Harris. Senator for California, she was Biden’s former rival for the Democratic nomination and will be the first woman of colour to be nominated for national office by a major political party.
Women of color have also become the focal point of discussions around who Joe Biden will choose as a running mate. With this attention and scrutiny has come criticism and attacks, many from within the Democratic Party itself, which fall along familiar lines of racism and sexism.
NPR's Sarah McCammon talks with Kimberly-Peeler Allen of Rutgers University about the dynamics on Capitol Hill that lead to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's viral speech on sexism.
Kimberly Peeler-Allen, a visiting practitioner at Rutgers University who co-founded Higher Heights, a national nonprofit to elect black women to office, says her organization identified about 90 black women running for federal and statewide executive office in the 2018 election cycle.
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