Chief of Staff
Kimberly Melton first joined the Chair’s office in 2015, focusing on youth and family issues, early learning, public health and deepening partnerships with underserved communities. In the role of senior policy advisor, she led critical policy work transforming our investments in culturally specific services, SUN schools and supports for immigrants and refugees.
In February 2018, Kim was named chief of staff, responsible for developing the Chair’s overall policy agenda and managing day-to-day operations and supervision of the chair’s office and staff.
A graduate of Stanford University, Kim is an award-winning statehouse and education journalist who reported for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and The Oregonian. She joined Stand for Children in 2011 where she served as statewide Communications and Policy Director and Policy and Community Organizing Director for the Multnomah County area.
Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Kim first got involved in social justice and community advocacy at her high school, coordinating petitions and meetings with school leaders to bring more diverse history and voices into the library, school curriculum and at school events. That led her to a career in writing and journalism.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies with a minor in Communications at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where she helped start a summer program for young people. While earning a master’s degree in Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, Kim worked as a reporter for African American newspapers in Sacramento and San Francisco.
“There is tremendous power in our words, to start conversations, shine a light on inequality and change hearts, “ Kim says. “It’s true in journalism but it’s also true in policymaking. It’s a document but also a tool for justice.”
When it comes to her work at Multnomah County, Kim feels energized about being a “part of an institution that has the capacity to provide the kind of services and support to families that can really get them through the challenges that they are facing as well as the commitment and vision to respond to community needs.”
In her spare time, Kim is an avid reader and enjoys creative writing, singing with her church and following college sports.