Kimberly Otis

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Kimberly Otis

Kimberly Otis is Vice President of Advancement for the National Council of Nonprofits and leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen philanthropic support and financial resources. Kim brings decades of leadership building effective nonprofit organizations dedicated to economic opportunity, health and safety, civic engagement, and human rights.

Previously, Kim served as chief executive of the National Council of Women's Organizations, Women & Philanthropy, the Rauch Foundation, and the New York office of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, which she helped to restructure as the Sister Fund and to pioneer “participatory grantmaking” by developing a new grantmaking board of directors principally composed of diverse women of color and women with disabilities. Kim also served as Director of Advancement for Women for Afghan Women (WAW), overseeing development, communications, and advocacy from 2016 to 2019 after serving on WAW’s Advisory Board. For over a decade, Kim founded and led Philanthropy and Social Change, a consulting firm providing strategic leadership and services for a range of nonprofits, donors and funder networks, nonpartisan advocacy campaigns, and start-up organizations.

Kim currently volunteers as Board Chair of Gender Action and serves as a Board member of TrueChild and the Women’s Equity Center and Action Network (WE CAN). She is the former Board Chair of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (now known as Philanthropy New York), including during the challenging aftermath of September 11, 2001. Kim has also served on the U.S. – Afghan Women’s Council, and the Boards of Directors of the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Women's Funding Network.

Kim holds a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree with honors and distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She holds certificates from Harvard University’s School of Business in nonprofit management, and from the University of Geneva’s Graduate Institute of International Affairs. She has published three book chapters and has been quoted in several local, national, and international publications. Kim enjoys taking advantage of the many natural and cultural offerings of Washington, DC with her partner, family members, and friends.

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