Kimberly Hill, Ph.D, Appointed to Kansas City Environmental Management Commission

Women’s Foundation Appointments Project Sees 12th Appointment in 12 Months

Kansas City, MO – Today, the Women’s Foundation announced that Kimberly Hill, Ph.D, was appointed by Mayor Sly James to the Kansas City Environmental Management Commission. The Women’s Foundation promoted Hill through their Appointments Project, which has partnered with Mayor James to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

“In partnership with Mayor James, we’re thrilled to announce Dr. Kimberly Hill’s appointment as the twelfth success story of the Appointments Project in its first 12 months,” said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation. “Dr. Hill will be a tremendous asset to the Kansas City Environmental Management Commission and we are thankful for her willingness to serve her community.”

Kimberly Hill, Ph.D

Kimberly Hill, Ph.D

“It’s a special pleasure to appoint a candidate who is so highly qualified for the Environmental Management Commission, given the commission’s very important role in planning for the city’s environmental needs and ensuring the city complies with state and federal regulations,” Mayor Sly James said. “With more than 25 years of public health and environmental experience and long experience in community and urban planning focused on environmental justice, green jobs and sustainability, I know Dr. Hill will contribute to the commission’s mission of promoting environmental awareness and resource efficiency.”

As an Environmental Scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hill developed national policy on environmental issues. Before that she was an Environmental Quality Specialist for the City of Houston Health and Human Services. Hill earned her both her M.A. and Doctorate in Management, emphasizing leadership and leading organizational change, at Webster University- St. Louis. She has over 25 years of environmental and public health experience.

"I'm looking forward to serving my community on the Environmental Management Commission.  I truly appreciate the support and leadership I received from The Jackson County (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated through their Women's Empowerment Initiative and the guidance that the Women's Foundation provided through their Appointments Project," said Kimberly Hill, Ph.D.  "I would encourage other women looking to lead to reach out to the Women's Foundation to help them find a board or commission that is the right fit for them."

The Women’s Foundation Appointments Project serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocate for women seeking opportunities to lead in Kansas City and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The Women’s Foundation guides women through the process of applying for these positions.

Twelve women have been named by Mayor James to leadership positions in Kansas City since the launch of the Appointments Project in the spring of 2014: 1) Cecelia Carter, Employees Retirement System; 2) Ajia Mignon, Land Bank Agency; 3) Amber Hackett, Parks and Recreation;  4) Darline Henrius, Youth Commission; 5) Estela Montserrat Espitia-Cuellar, Youth Commission; Janelle Bailey, Ethics Commission; 7) Sarah Martin-Anderson, Health Commission; 8) Mishelle Martinez, Land Bank; 9) Betsy Lynch, Fairness in City Contracts Board; 10) Dr. LaTedra Collins, Health Care Foundation Community Advisory Committee; 11) Niki Lee Donawa, Health Care Foundation Community Advisory Committee; and  12) Kimberly Hill, Ph.D, Environmental Management Commission.

The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women and girls, using philanthropy, research and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at