Kimberly A. Woodard
Kimberly Woodard has almost 30 years of experience in government relations. She has developed a profile in Washington that includes experience in political fundraising, relationship management, brand reputation, and event management. Prior to joining the Madison Group team, Kimberly launched the WesleyPrestonGreen group in 2012, a public affairs consultancy focused on congressional outreach and relationships, brand reputation, political fundraising, non-profit development, and event management.
Before launching WPG, Kimberly was Director of Federal Government Relations for Walmart, where she had worked since March 2004 and managed the company’s outreach initiatives to the Democratic Caucus. In this position, Kimberly was responsible for developing strategies and programs to advance the company’s outreach efforts and political priorities. She was a key contact between the company and several congressional caucuses, as well as the White House.
Prior to joining Walmart, Kimberly worked for 7 years in the Governmental Affairs Department at McLane Company, Inc., a Temple, Texas-based corporation that is the largest nationwide distributor of food and other products to convenience stores and one of the largest distributors of such products to fast food restaurants. At McLane Company, Kimberly established the company’s government relations practice and managed a $1 million department budget, primarily focusing on tobacco issues and positioning the company to be more proactive and aggressive on critical legislative and regulatory issues. She began her career in 1990 when she joined Food Distributors International, a trade association representing the food distribution industry. While there she worked in a number of capacities, rising from Legislative Assistant to Associate Director for Government Relations over the course of 7 years.
Kimberly graduated from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, she was recognized as a Point of Light, a program established by President George H.W. Bush that honored individuals for their commitment to community service.
Kimberly has served on a number of Boards, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), a non-profit, non-partisan public policy, research and educational institute that aims to help improve the socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities, the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBC PAC) which supports Democratic incumbents and candidates running for federal office, Running Start, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young women and girls to run for political office, and the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), a nonpartisan PAC that supports women forty years of age and under running for state and federal public office.
Kimberly was born in Washington, DC where she returned after graduating from college and stayed until moving to Texas in 1997 before returning once again to Washington, DC in 2004. Kimberly is a sports enthusiast who enjoys professional football, tennis, and golf and she is a life-long devoted fan of the Washington Redskins.