President & CEO, Newark Alliance

Kimberly McLain is Chief Executive Officer of the Newark Alliance. In this role, she sets the strategic vision for the organization and leads its work in partnership with state and local stakeholders to improve education, employment and economic opportunities in Newark.

Prior to the Alliance, Kimberly was President & CEO of Foundation for Newark’s Future (FNF), the centerpiece of a $200 million philanthropic initiative to improve educational outcomes for Newark students from early childhood through college. FNF, established with a five-year charge to seed conditions for systemic change, used short-term philanthropy to create the systems and conditions necessary for long-term educational improvement. At FNF, Kimberly oversaw the Foundation’s pursuit of comprehensive high-quality school options, including traditional, charter and community schools. Kimberly also led the expansion of the Foundation’s core strategies beyond K-12 to include career and workforce development by investing in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, the Newark City of Learning Collaborative and an Opportunity Network to reengage at-risk youth.

Previously, Kimberly served as Vice President of Finance and Operations with Newark Charter School Fund and Managing Director of Planning with Teach For America. Prior to transitioning to the nonprofit sector, she was an Investment Banker with Credit Suisse and Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP.

Kimberly serves on the board of Leadership Newark and is Chair of the Board of BRICK Academy; a transformative educational organization that focuses on improving low performing schools in Newark’s South Ward. She has received many accolades, including the Leadership Newark Education Award, the Willing Heart Community Center’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award, and NJ Biz’s Top Forty Under 40 Award. Kimberly holds a BS in Accounting from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Columbia University.