K imberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author of five books, international speaker, strategist and advocate for maternal and infant health. A former senior editor at ESSENCE and writer at FORTUNE magazine, Kimberly is a leading commentator on birth, breastfeeding and motherhood and the intersection of race, policy, and culture. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Washington Post, Slate and others, Kimberly has over 20 years of experience as an international business journalist and Wall Street columnist which gives her a unique lens to frame communications strategy with an understanding of business and the capital markets. As the director of various on-the-ground community-based projects in several U.S. cities, Kimberly is also deeply rooted in the lived experience of mothers across the socio-economic spectrum. She brings all of these experiences to bear in her strategic advisement for clients, advocacy efforts and her vision for a world that supports mothering as valued work.
Kimberly was recently named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” for 2018 by Women’s eNews for her media advocacy work. Her fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2017.
Kimberly currently serves as the editorial director of the Maternal and Child Health Communication Collective, a national consortium of over 80 organizations, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, working to shift the narrative of maternal and child health issues. In that role, Kimberly provides communication capacity building, strategic advisement and other technical assistance to a variety of organizations ranging from university law centers to community organizing groups.
As a consultant, Kimberly provides strategic communication services to corporations focused on mothers, non-profits and other public health-related organizations, with an expertise in engaging communities of color and speaking across a broad group of interests to enhance the life of women and children.
Kimberly has led innovative community-based projects in New Orleans, Birmingham, Detroit and Philadelphia that explore the impact of “first food deserts”—communities that severely lack accessible resources to support mothers who choose to breastfeed—and designed community-partnered strategies to transform these areas into more breastfeeding supportive environments. She most recently created and directed The First Food Friendly Community Initiative (3FCI), a W.K. Kellogg-funded, $500,0000 pilot project in Detroit and Philadelphia to create community-partnered strategies to turn vulnerable communities into more breastfeeding-supportive environments.
Kimberly serves on the advisory board of MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon and of 1000 Days, a non-profit focused on early nutrition founded by Hillary Clinton and is the former vice president of the Board of Governors for the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). In 2018, she founded Narrative Nation, a non-profit that creates community-centered media and technology to eradicate health disparities.
Kimberly is also the author of The Mocha Manual series of books, published by HarperCollins and founder of MochaManual.com, an award-winning pregnancy and parenting destination for African Americans. Her first book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and turned into a DVD sold at Wal-mart. The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit and The Mocha Manual to Military Life round out the top-selling series.
Kimberly has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Fox News and has been featured in various international and national media outlets, including The Guardian (U.K.), U.S. News & World Report, Essence, Black Enterprise, Pregnancy and in various online media properties.
Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A divorced mother of two, she lives in Queens, NY with her children. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @iamKSealsAllers.