Melinda Kimble is a Senior Fellow for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and an adjunct professor for Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
Kimble has extensive experience with international policy through her work in foreign affairs and policy development. In the 1990’s, Ms. Kimble worked at the forefront of negotiations around resource and environmental issues by fulfilling a multitude of roles in the Department of State. Her contributions to international accords, like the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, prefaced her work with the United Nations Foundation (UNF). Starting in 2000, she joined the team as the Senior Vice President to guide the activities of UNF programs like the International Bioenergy Initiative. In this role, she helped to craft the UNF Climate and Energy team strategy for the 2009 UN Convention on Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen and develop interagency partnerships and programs around children’s and women’s health, climate and energy, biodiversity conservation, and governance. She has served on the Board of International Science Organizations (National Academy of Science), and Americans for UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Ms. Kimble holds a Masters’ degree in fiscal and monetary policy from the University of Denver and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. Among her many talents is an ability to speak French and Arabic.