It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the newest addition to our team, Kimberly Njoroge. Kimberly joins this week as our new Program Director. We are pleased and honored to have Kimberly join us. Her energy, drive for excellence and passion make her an excellent choice for this role. She replaces Jeff Speller, who as many of you know, is in the process of establishing the Edessa College of Fashion Design. We wish Jeff every success in this endeavor.
In the Program Director role, Kimberly oversees the implementation of the New Beginnings strategy in the day to day activities of the lives of our children and families. She served as a member of the Center’s Rapid Redesign Team responsible for developing and validating growth and improvement strategies for New Beginnings.
Kimberly brings a unique skillset to this assignment. Kimberly is a true daughter of Milwaukee and a community activator. She has a deep appreciation of the intersectionality between civic, educational, for-profit, non-profit, neighborhood organizations and families in the fight against poverty and in support of health and development. She is a founding member of the Walnut Way Association. As a founding board member of one of Milwaukee’s most successful neighborhood redevelopment projects, a project which today stands as a model in revitalization, she was instrumental in creating a vibrant and safe community that attracted new businesses, transformed vacant lots into community gardens and re-engaged residents of all ages. Over the course of her career, she has worked for the Fondy Food Bank to bring nutritional awareness to the lives of Milwaukee youth and families.
She has served as the Community Engagement Specialist for the Fondy Farmer’s Market and her weekly cooking classes have been featured several times on Alice’s Garden. Kimberly is also committed to advocating for healthy children and families. Currently she sits on the board of Foodright and instructs children grades 5 through 7 in their Youth Chef Program how to cook delicious yet healthy meals. Most recently, she was invited to bring her experience and expertise to bear on developing the Milwaukee chapter of Safe Families. As an advisory board member, she is honored to be part of this important resource for at-risk women and children.
Perhaps the greatest asset for New Beginnings is that she is a New Beginnings parent. She and her husband Rigii have three children: Njeri (age 15); Nimbora (age 12); and Kabiaru (age 10). The Njoroges are 15-year residents of the Lindsay Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee. Kimberly is a licensed realtor with Ogden Real Estate and manages residential and commercial property throughout the city. The Njoroges are avid travelers and spend significant amounts of time in Rigii’s native Kenya.