Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
As Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Kimberly Simpson is responsible for ensuring that NACD's operations meet its strategic objectives. She has specific oversight responsibility for the team that engages NACD's 23,000+ members, NACD Directorship Certification®, the NACD Chapter Network in 35 cities, marketing, and NACD Board Search. She also supports two boards of directors (NACD and the NACD Corporate Directors Institute). Kimberly frequently speaks and writes on governance matters.
Prior to joining NACD, Kimberly held a number of executive leadership roles. She served as executive vice president at Sanford Health, the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states and in countries such as Ghana, Africa. She also was the inaugural president of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to advance breast cancer research and treatment.
Formerly the chief operating officer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Kimberly led the network of more than 120 Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates across the United States and had responsibility for the organization's legal, human resources, information technology, and internal communications functions. Additionally, she was the secretary to the board of directors and was a board member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, Komen's Washington, D.C.-based policy organization. Prior to joining Komen, Kimberly was vice president and general counsel at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the top pediatric orthopedic hospital in the country.
Kimberly received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, and is admitted to practice law in California, Virginia (as in-house counsel), and Texas (inactive). She has a Master of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish summa cum laude from The University of Alabama. Kimberly was a U.S. Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2005.