Positive Images is beyond thrilled to introduce our Executive Director Kimi Barbosa (she/they). Kimi’s focus on equity for communities of color, immigrants and LGBTQIA+ people is evident throughout her life and work and will guide our 33-year-old organization into its next chapter.
Kimi brings deep enthusiasm and a wealth of professional and lived experience to the role. A first generation college graduate, Kimi earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Mills College and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Sonoma State University. They are also a recent graduate of Urban Habitat’s Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute. Kimi is a skilled capacity-builder in non-profit organizations.
Kimi’s parents immigrated to California from Minas Gerais, Brasil and she spent her childhood in the central valley where her family were agricultural workers. She brings a multilingual and multicultural lens to her work. Kimi’s background informs their dedication to challenging oppressive systems, uplifting intersectional identities, and rooting their work in diversity, equity, and belonging (DEB) principles. They have spent the last decade organizing in Sonoma County and surrounding Bay Area communities. Kimi has held many roles-from developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that reach vulnerable communities, to consulting with local agencies to help them build equity and access into their programs and strategic planning.
If you don’t already know Kimi, we can’t wait for you to meet them at PI! We have not had an Executive Director on staff since our founder Jim retired in 2015. This is a tremendous step forward for us! P.S. The rest of our team hasn’t gone anywhere!