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Alliance development and public policy veteran takes the helm of external affairs.
The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham announced today the hiring of Kim Cochran as Vice President, External Affairs.
“With more than 27 years of experience in public policy and advocacy, Kim Cochran is able to take a vision and help make it a reality through sound strategy development. I know she will be a powerful advocate for women across Alabama,” explained Melanie R. Bridgeforth, President and CEO.
“The Women’s Fund is committed to using philanthropy as a tool for social change. In addition to our recent expansion into policy advocacy, Kim brings the talent and capacity for The Women’s Fund to more fully execute its mission. Her strong background in advocacy, government relations, issue campaigns, and media relations allows her to intuitively see threads of opportunity that bring others together into a coherent ensemble. We are excited to bring a new voice into the office and thankful to have Kim’s talent and experience at The Women’s Fund.”
Kim joins The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham after running her own public affairs practice for the last 16 years where she successfully helped a myriad of clients at both the state and federal levels. Kim secured and trained advocates for media purposes as well as third party testimonials, ran state-wide issue campaigns, built state-wide coalition support for issues, and worked with elected officials for various clients in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Prior to owning her own business, Kim worked at a public affairs firm in Birmingham, a large public relations firm in Atlanta, and as a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for six years in Washington, DC. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama.
“The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham is moving on issues that impact women in Alabama right now, and I am excited to be a part of a forward-thinking team on the cutting edge of elevating women’s issues across our state,” said Kim.
“The Women’s Fund has always been an amazing asset in central Alabama, but last year, when the organization made the strategic decision to formally engage in state-level advocacy and pursue public policies that create long-lasting, systemic change for women, I knew I wanted to play a bigger part,” she added. “Working on policy issues means typically means working on things that no one can see, but that impact people’s lives on a daily basis. It’s incredibly energizing to work on policies that enable women to be in the driver’s seat for their own economic opportunity—something not only important for women but for our state as well.”
Kim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation, Alabama Chapter, and serves as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation and has previously held positions on the Boards of Directors for both Tobacco Free Alabama and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Kim and her husband Tom live in Vestavia Hills and have two children, Thomas and Virginia, who attend Vestavia Hills High School. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children play sports, and watching any sport played by her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide.
Kim Cochran began her role as Vice President, External Affairs, on January 8, 2020.