Kimberly Bright

Class of ’90

Kimberly Bright’s life and career are a collection of unexpected twists and turns. After graduating from Classical High School in 1990, while in college in New Orleans, Kimberly spent her time volunteering in political activities and engaged in the theater arts. She got her first big break when she joined a touring children’s theater company. During her time with the company, Kimberly had the pleasure of visiting 47 states. While in California in the spring of 2000, she attended a Presidential campaign appearance that would forever change her life. She was inspired and decided then and there to change careers and pursue her other love, politics.

That summer, Kimberly joined a Congressional campaign in Indiana. While her candidate was not successful in his bid to unseat the incumbent, Kimberly was not deterred and, a month later, joined the staff of the Democratic leadership in Congress. After working on Congressional staffs for several years in both Washington and in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kimberly returned to Providence, Rhode Island to help lead the legislative fight for marriage equality in her home state.

Kimberly would later join the RI Department of Education, serving first in a communications and outreach role and then as Chief of Staff to the Commissioner and Policy Director. Kimberly currently serves at the Chief of Staff to the Postsecondary Commissioner and the Interim Executive Director of the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center.

Kimberly has always carried Purple Pride in her heart and credits her teachers and fellow Classical students with fostering a lifelong love of learning. Kimberly holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and an M.P.A. from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. Kimberly chairs the Inspiring Minds Board of Directors and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.