Kimberly Mitchell comes from a great Florida family. Her mother, Anita, has been involved in politics her entire life and served as the Chair of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. Her brother, Paul Mitchell, served at the highest levels in state government and is now a prominent lobbyist in Tallahassee. Most famous, though, is Kimberly's father, Edgar Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell, lunar module pilot for Apollo 14, was the sixth human to walk on the moon.
Her dad had a unique perspective of our planet and its challenges, which help form Kimberly's world view. One of his most famous quotes is apropos to her work:
You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.
From out there on the moon, politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.'”
Kimberly is a former West Palm Beach City Commissioner who served from 2002 to 2015. During her tenure on the Commission, Kimberly was a leading proponent of water supply management for the City and region. Having been a leader during numerous droughts, water shortages and polluted water releases from Lake Okeechobee, she understood that in order to assure a lasting water supply, with good quality water at an affordable price, a comprehensive restoration of the Everglades system would be required as part of the solution for water supply.
Kimberly has a well-rounded career that includes working as a governmental affairs professional in Tallahassee where she specialized in local and state representation – and managed local, state and national campaigns.
Probably her most memorable client was the iconic Everglades protector George Barley. In 1994, Kimberley cut her teeth on Everglades restoration when she was part of the team that got Everglades Forever passed in the Florida legislature.
For the past 13 years, in addition to serving as a prominent City Commissioner in Palm Beach County, Kimberly was a managing director for a national investment bank and served accounts throughout Florida, including the South Florida Water Management District.