We’re excited to highlight Kymberly Byrd, Senior Impact Advisor here at ResultsLab in today’s Meet the Team.
Kymberly has over 10 years of research, evaluation, and community engagement experience. She has been involved with the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects on incarceration, homelessness, substance use disorder, mental health, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, faith-based community organizing, food justice, and other topics. Kymberly obtained bachelors’ degrees in Social Work and Spanish from Oakwood University, masters’ degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Boston University, and an MS and PhD in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University.
Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in evaluation and data use?
I often ponder the following question: What do individuals and communities need to thrive? I want to live in a world where individuals are flourishing mentally, physically, financially, and so much more! I believe we can use data in impactful ways to build a world where all can thrive.
Q: How have the roles you’ve held in the past contributed to how you work now?
In past roles, I have been committed to centering the experiences of those most impacted by social injustice. I have that same commitment at ResultsLab.
Q: What’s your favorite quote/mantra?
“Let this radicalize you rather than lead you to despair.” – Mariame Kaba
Q: Who would you most like to swap places with for the day?
I would love to swap places with a TV writer. I long to be in a writer’s room and witness the creative process!
Q: What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books/blogs to follow?
- Code Switch (Podcast)
- Floodlines (Podcast)
- Louder than A Riot (Podcast)
Q: What is something people in your industry/niche have to deal with that you want to fix?
I feel that people do not always make a commitment to living their values. Many people value equity and justice, but this isn’t reflected in their actions. To paraphrase Mariame Kaba, I am committed to reducing the gap between values and actions.
Q: What are your hobbies?
I love reading, listening to live music, and trying vegan restaurants.
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I am an independent film enthusiast! I regularly attend film festivals.
Thank you, Kymberly, for letting us pick your brain and get to know you better. Be on the lookout for our other ResultsLab teammate features in the upcoming months, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.