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KIMBERLY MANNS

Managing Direct, Early Matters Dallas (a Commit Partnership)
Dallas, Texas

Kim is a passionate leader with a real talent for bringing diverse stakeholders together to solve complex social problems.  Kim currently serves as the Managing Director for Early Matters Dallas, where she convenes over 200 organizations in Dallas County to rally behind common goals and strategies to increase early childhood outcomes for children 0-8 in Dallas County.  Key recent wins for Early Matters Dallas include: 1) the passage of legislation to establish an Early Childhood Institute at DCCCD that will enable community college students to receive a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and 2) a regional pre-k campaign in partnership with 13 local Districts.

Prior to joining Early Matters Dallas, Kim served as the Program Director for the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, where she led a strategy process to increase the City’s 3rd grade reading scores by 100% by 2020.  She also served in the public sector as Deputy Director of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Office of Policy and Communications and Special Projects. In that role, she led the development of the City’s Read to Succeed Plus program, a comprehensive summer program serving 2500 low-income children, by facilitating the collaboration of Baltimore City Schools, the City of Baltimore, and several other non-profit and private partners.  She also led the design and project management of the 2012 US Conference of Mayors and developed an innovative communication strategy for the Baltimore City’s 2010 Census campaign, which resulted in an unprecedented increase in participation rates.