As a first-generation college student Kimberly understands the transformative potential of education. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in the Language, Literacy, and Culture division of the Graduate School of Education. She has taught all levels of the Spanish language, Latinx cultures, and literature curricula and is currently a Spanish instructor at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. Her research and teaching focuses on global critical community engagement, the development of intercultural and symbolic competence, and teaching languages and cultures through a social justice lens.
Kimberly has worked in solidarity with Voces y manos since 2014 in different capacities, including supporting the development of curricula, facilitating the summer internship program, and participating in various research and fundraising projects. Most recently, she has been engaging in a transglobal project between youth in Guatemala and De Anza students to build a library in Rabinal.