Welcome folks! I am Kimberly and I am glad that you are here!

I am a mentally retired senior government executive turned professor, social innovator, and entrepreneur. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 

But it’s actually the truth. I have spent my professional career working in local governments and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. 

My personal mantra is “service to others is a part of life, and our involvement is not an option.”  I live by those words. My goal is to leave every community I encounter better than the way I found it. I truly believe that I have a responsibility in doing so. 

In 2010, I walked away from my career in government because I felt it was time to use my gifts and talents to strengthen our communities in a different way. I launched Giving Blueprint, a consulting company focused on community empowerment, civic engagement, policy development, and economic development. 

Over the years, I have added some additional efforts to my portfolio.  You can catch me in front of college classrooms teaching about political science and public leadership in North Texas. Or curating programs and services for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs through Cause Studio, a nonprofit incubator initiative that I founded in 2015. Or you can even find me articulating the economic value of the social sector to anyone that does not understand the impact these organizations have on our communities.

At the core, I’m an advocate. I’m an activist. I’m a strategist. I’m a social innovator. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m an educator. I’m a speaker. I’m a disruptor. I’m unapologetic. But most importantly, I am a servant leader called to share what I’ve learned with others. 

 So now the question is, how can we work together? Let’s figure it out!

Professional Biography

Kimberly O’Neil is an award-winning professor, executive leader, and social good expert who served as the youngest African-American female city manager in the United States (Glenarden, MD, 2004-2005). As a veteran senior government and nonprofit executive, she has led activities that have generated more than $20 million for community initiatives, negotiated major urban economic development projects, and used her voice to impact public policy decisions while lobbying in New York City and on Capitol Hill. 

As an advocate for social good organizations like nonprofits, Kimberly focuses on increasing the overall awareness of their impact on community and economic development. She is the CEO of Giving Blueprint, a company that increases community engagement through neighborhood revitalization, development of strategic partnerships, advocacy, and civic education. Her work has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the needs of cities and counties and the individuals, businesses, and corporations that serve them, including negotiating a 245-acre mixed use development in Woodmore Town Centre in Maryland.

Kimberly serves as an advisory committee member for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ social innovation program GroundFloor, and was appointed by the City of Plano (TX) Mayor and Council to the Community Relations Commission, where she serves as vice chair.

Kimberly also launched and runs Cause Studio, a collaborative nonprofit initiative that provides cost-friendly training and resources to aid the social sector in reducing the number of failing startup nonprofit organizations. Since its beginning in 2015, Kimberly has mentored organizations and helped them raise funds in excess of $1 million through revenue-generating activities. For her efforts, she has been recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader, National Association of Women Business Owners – DFW Chapter as an Entrepreneurial Spirit Mentor, and Plano Magazine in their annual Girl Boss edition. Additionally, Kimberly uses her community and government experiences as a political science professor where she was honored as the Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year for Collin College (TX), and as one of the Faces of Higher Education by Frisco Style Magazine.

Kimberly is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (B.A.), Brooklyn College (M.A.), and the Bernard M. Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs (M.P.A.). She received her credentials as a Certified Public Manager from The George Washington University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Social Venture Partners Dallas, and a founding member of HERitage Giving Fund – the first African American giving circle in Texas