Kimberly Hill

Kimberly Hill

University of Tennessee

CEHHS Community Engagement Coordinator

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

What is your vision for Knoxville 10 years from now?

Through deliberate action, within the next 10 years, I foresee a diverse and inclusive city that is socially, environmentally, and economically appealing for both current and new residents.

What is Knoxville’s Best Kept Secret?

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center. The Beck is Knoxville’s storehouse of African American history and culture and is designated by the state as a primary repository of Black history and culture in East Tennessee. Go Visit!

What would you do to strengthen Knoxville?

Create more pre-college and pre-career experiences for Knoxville youth and develop more pathways for those interested in post-secondary education and training. This will increase access to opportunity, drive inclusive economic growth, and improve the quality of life for our residents.

What is your favorite Knoxville memory?

I was mesmerized as a youth when Michael Jackson came to town for The Jackson’s Victory Tour at Neyland stadium in the fall of 1984.

What is your favorite book or what book is currently on your nightstand?

I am currently reading “The Introverted Leader” by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

What is the best advice you have received from a mentor, and who was that mentor?

“Stop thinking small and limiting your possibilitie…be intentional as a leader” – Pastor Daryl Arnold, Overcoming Believers Church, Knoxville, Tennessee.
“Always show up in any room you’re in as your authentic self” – Dr. Tyvi Small, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Tennessee

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Pursue your passions and you will find a rewarding career for yourself. Talk to adults that you admire about their life experiences and career paths and ask how they overcame mistakes. Extracurricular activities, internships, and community service matter – do them. Save money and stay active.

Kimberly Hill