Episode 16: Kimberly Williams, Founder & CEO of NC4ME

Kimberly Lindsay Williams, MA, SPHR, SHRM – SCP Chief Human Resources Officer, City of Jacksonville, North Carolina Founder & Chief Executive Officer, NC4ME, North Carolina for Military Employment

Kimberly Williams has over thirty years of experience leading private, public, and nonprofit human resource professionals. Her experience in the private sector includes several large organizations, including Burger King Corporation, where she directed the Human Resource function for the United States. Kimberly’s experience in the public sector and non-profit includes directing the Human Resources function for local government, school division, health care, and workforce housing.

Kimberly is currently the Chief Human Resource Officer for the City of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Her passion for assisting military service members began with serving as a volunteer with Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (VaESGR) as Regional Chair and later as State Director for their Employment Initiative Program (EIP). She also initiated the Virginia Values Veterans (V-3) program, a statewide initiative to ensure employment of our service men and women. Kimberly has twice been presented the Seven Seals Award for meritorious leadership and initiative supporting the Department of Defense. Additionally, Kimberly received national recognition as a Defense Community Champion 2022 by the Association of Defense Communities. Kimberly founded and is currently leading the North Carolina statewide employment initiative under the Veterans Foundation NC4ME, North Carolina for Military Employment, a comprehensive public-private partnership. Under Kimberly’s leadership, NC4ME was launched by the Governor of North Carolina in March 2015 with a mission to make North Carolina the number one state for military employment. NC4ME is unique in that it is ONE team, including the State Government (The Governor’s Office, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Commerce), the NC National Guard, and companies throughout North Carolina, working together to change the military employment climate throughout the State. Kimberly serves as a member of the Governors Working Group for Veterans and their Families and as a member of the Fayetteville State University Board of Visitors. Kimberly received a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's degree from Regent University. She and her husband, Keith, are the proud parents of two children, Richard, a Physician’s Assistant (PA) in Virginia, and Lindsay, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

You can follow Kimberly on LinkedIn or on the website for NC4ME.