Kim McCoy Wade is a public policy and philanthropy consultant focused on creating opportunities for low-income children and families. She was formerly the founding consultant for two statewide budget coalitions, the HHS (Health & Human Services) Network (2009 & 2010) and Together for California’s Future (2008). She also was the primary outside consultant to the Walmart Foundation on their new “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign, a $2 billion commitment to reduce domestic hunger (2010).
Before becoming a consultant, Kim served as the Executive Director for the California Association of Food Banks, where she held a series of leadership positions over seven years (2001-2008) and helped launch state programs in fresh produce delivery, food stamp outreach, and nutrition education. Kim also led advocacy campaigns at several national organizations based in Washington DC, including the Children’s Defense Fund (juvenile justice), the Alliance for Justice (gun violence), and Bread for the World (food stamps). Kim is an alumna of NYU School of Law, Carleton College, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and the Emerge California training program.
Kim is active in the National Women’s Political Caucus-Alameda North chapter and (most years) is a VITA volunteer at a free tax clinic for low-income families. She was a foster parent in 201o-2011. Her greatest joy is weekends spent camping with her family and finishing the Saturday NY Times crossword puzzle. Kim is a native of the Washington, DC area and now lives in the Golden Gate neighborhood of Oakland, California in a co-housing community she helped found.