Kimberly Hill Knott

Kimberly Hill Knott

Policy Director, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

After spending over a decade working under the leadership of Congressman John Conyers (Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee), as a Legislative Assistant, Kimberly furthered her interest in the political arena by joining the staff of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ), as Policy Director. DWEJ is an award winning social enterprise, dedicated to Detroit becoming the global model of a vibrant urban center, with an emphasis on promoting sustainable redevelopment and environmental justice.

As a national and global leader, in 2009, she attended COP15 (Conference of the Parties of the United Nations) international climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she facilitated a meeting between the White House, EPA, and U.S. environmental justice delegates, to discuss the importance of passing a binding agreement that protects low-income and minority communities from the adverse impacts of climate change. In 2013, she was nominated and selected for the White House Champions of Change Award for Community Resilient Leaders. This was an extremely competitive process and only 12 people throughout the country were selected. The White House award was for leaders who are actively involved in addressing climate change and sustainability issues in their respective communities. In May 2013, she was one of 100 women invited to participate in the White House Women’s Summit on Climate and Energy, and is leading the Climate Conversations initiative.

Recently, she was invited by The Kresge Foundation and the University of Notre Dame to serve as an Adaptation Assessment Advisor, which will create a reference set of national measures for urban adaptation. A few years ago, Kimberly received a full scholarship to attend Harvard University Kennedy School’s Executive Education Training—Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. She has a bachelor’s in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s in educational administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Kimberly has transitioned out of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and will continue to work on climate change, renewable energy and workforce development through her company, Future Insight Consulting (FIC), LLC. FIC provides government relations services; Works with clients to develop legislative policy briefs; Convenes policy round-tables with key decision-makers and community stakeholders from diverse backgrounds; Specializes in coalition building with diverse audiences for various causes, with a focus on climate change, environmental justice and workforce development.

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