President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego
Kimberly Mitchell is the President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego. She leads a robust team who serve over 2000 veterans annually by providing homeless veterans with residential treatment programs that include mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, and other services and resources to include food, clothing, employment services, job training, job placement, housing services and supportive services for veterans’ families. Kim is a vocal advocate for our service members, veterans, military families and families of the fallen and frequently speaks at non-profit and corporate conferences and in communities across the country. Having been adopted by an Airman from an orphanage in Da’Nang Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War, she is also recognized as an advocate for our Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam era veterans. She was the official spokesperson for the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee for 3 years, and over the past 5 years has participated in various Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund events, Vietnam Veteran Honor flights and other events recognizing and honoring the service of our Vietnam Veterans.
Kim served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands. She was hand selected by the Navy and the White House to serve as a White House Military Social Aide where she participated in more than six hundred events hosted by the President and First Lady under two administrations. During her last 2 years on active duty she served as the Deputy Director of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support. Kim has worked with hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations, and has created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots 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. In July 2017, Kim moved to San Diego to take over as the first non-Vietnam Veteran to be CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego.
Kim is the recipient of numerous personal and unit awards while serving in the Navy. She also received recognition from the Assistant Secretary of State for her work on United Nations Policies in Iraq and United Nations Peacekeeping programs in the Middle East, and recognition from the Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency for her work in the Middle East region in Foreign Military Sales to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain and Yemen.
Kim is currently on the Board of Directors for the Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, the Infinite Hero Foundation and a Member of the Board of Trustees for National University.
Kim 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.