Kimberly Mitchell

Senior Advisor and VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary
U.S. Veterans Affairs Department

  • Keynote Speaker

Kimberly Mitchell is a nationally recognized leading vocal advocate for our service members, veterans, military families and Gold Star Families and frequently speaks at non-profit, community, and corporate conferences in communities across the country. Prior to her appointment at the Department of Veterans Affairs as Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) Liaison, Kim was the Senior Vice President for Military and Government Affairs at National University where she led the innovative efforts at National University for military, veteran and military family educational degree and outreach programs. From 2017-2020, Kim was President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, where she led a robust team who serve over 3000 veterans annually by providing veterans experiencing challenges post service with residential treatment programs, mental health programs, and support services.

Kim graduated from the Naval Academy in 1996 and served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands. Her last 2 years on active duty she worked for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the Deputy Director of the Office of Warrior and Family Support. Kim has worked with hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations to find solutions to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and military families. After departing the Navy in 2012, she was the President and Co-Founder of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services where she worked with over 650 communities nationwide and thousands of organizations assisting service men and women transitioning from the military to the local community.

Kim has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), Woody Williams Foundation, Infinite Hero Foundation, Kaplan Public Service Foundation, sat on the Advisory Committee for Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and was appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans. Kim served for 2 years as a Trustee on the Board for the National University System. She is a 2019 George W. Bush Presidential Center Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program Scholar, holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy in Ocean Engineering and a Master’s degree from The George Washington University in Organizational Management. In April 2021, Kim’s portrait and story were highlighted in President George W. Bush’s new book, Out of Many One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.