Kimberly Spencer is Chalkbeat’s director of development and major gifts. She has spent her career working with mission-based organizations to raise strategic support and increase brand awareness. She has held a variety of leadership and fundraising roles; most recently, she led the business development and audience engagement teams for Public News Service. The child of a math teacher who grew up in rural Maine, Kimberly has seen first hand the critical importance of local news to report on education issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations from Metropolitan State University of Denver.