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 Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for over 20 years.
Kimberly 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 ongoing research and election analysis, and guest lectures in various graduate and undergraduate courses. Kimberly is a Senior Advisor to New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ re-election campaign.
Inspired by the words of the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,” Kimberly is driven to shift the paradigm for the civic voice of Black women. Over the course of her career Kimberly has advised elected officials, candidates and organizations on fundraising, political strategy and coalition building to ensure that there are more diverse voices around decision making tables whether they are in elected bodies or civil society.
In 2011, she co-founded Higher Heights, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to building Black women’s collective political power from the voting booth to elected office. 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.
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.
Kimberly Peeler-Allen, visiting practitioner for the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, joins Marc Lamont Hill on “Black News Tonight” to discuss the rising trend of Black women running for major cities’ mayoral positions.
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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.