Kimberly Marteau Emerson is an attorney and civic leader who currently lives in Berlin with her husband, John B. Emerson, the U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In her role as a de facto diplomat, Kimberly speaks at and hosts several official events a week on behalf of the U.S. Government in an effort to promote and support the trans-Atlantic friendship and partnership between the two countries. Kimberly worked in the Clinton Administration as Director of Public Liaison for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), where she was the domestic spokesperson, and traveled as the senior USIA political liaison on President Clinton’s overseas trips to the Far East, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.
She continues to serve on the International Board of Human Rights Watch and remains active with HRW in Berlin. In addition to serving on the CPD Advisory Board, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council on International Policy, and has served as an international election observer with the National Democratic Institute, traveling to Nigeria for its Presidential and National Assembly elections under the leadership of, among others, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In 2005, she joined relief organization Operation USA to evaluate tsunami-related projects in Sri Lanka.
Kimberly is a trustee of foster care NGO, United Friends of the Children, and was past President and a 12-year member of the mayoral-appointed LA Zoo Commission. Over the past two decades, she has avidly advised, staffed and raised support for progressive, national, state and local political candidates. Prior to the Clinton Administration, she spent several years in the film and television industry, working in creative and business affairs, and practiced law with LA-based law firm Tuttle & Taylor.
Kimberly earned her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law, a Master’s Degree “with distinction” in French Private Law from the Universite d’Aix-Marseilles, France, and a BA with honors from UCLA. She and her husband, John Emerson, have received several joint honors, including the Ira E. Yellin Community Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee, and the Spirit of Liberty Award from People For the American Way. Kimberly speaks French and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She and John have three daughters.