Kimberly Abbott

Title: Vice President
Department: Marketing and Communications

Kimberly Abbott is the vice president of marketing and communications at World Learning, overseeing global communications and media relations. She brings to the role more than twenty years of experience in NGO communications, foreign policy and journalism.

Prior to joining World Learning, Abbott spent nine years at the International Crisis Group, an independent, nongovernmental organization working to prevent and resolve deadly conflict through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy. There she was responsible for developing new strategic approaches for communicating Crisis Group’s policy prescriptions to multiple audiences, creating partnerships and producing multimedia.

She came to Crisis Group from InterAction, an alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian NGOs, where she worked to bring attention to under-reported humanitarian and development stories. She also collaborated with InterAction's 160 member organizations to develop media and advocacy campaigns on collective humanitarian and development priorities. She published dozens of articles on international development issues.

Prior to her work with NGOs, Abbott spent over a decade as a journalist. During her seven-year tenure at CNN, she interviewed hundreds of newsmakers, covered breaking news around the country and was an on-air reporter for the education program CNN Newsroom. She began her journalism career as a local news reporter outside of Atlanta.

Abbott’s career has also included time on Capitol Hill, in U.S. presidential politics, and as an envoy and translator for the Centennial Olympic Games. She has been a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the recipient of numerous fellowships in journalism and international affairs. She earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Boston University and studied French media at the Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse in Paris.