Kimberly is Chief of Staff to the City Manager of Dallas where she directs the operations and administrative affairs of the City Manager's Office. As the City Manager's top trusted advisor, she works collaboratively with executive leadership and management to carry out the goals and objectives of the organization. Tolbert provides executive oversight of the Mayor/Council Office, public affairs and outreach, strategic partnerships and governmental affairs, ethics and compliance, center for performance excellence, and business diversity, while also directing organizational-wide special projects and strategic initiatives. With over two decades of experience as a public service professional, Kimberly has expertise and knowledge in strategy development and execution, administration, finance, operations, governance, business development, diversity and inclusion, change and people management.
Prior to rejoining the City of Dallas in February 2017, she held executive positions with the North Texas Tollway Authority from 2008 - 2016 serving as an Assistant Executive Director, Chief of Staff, Chief Strategic Officer and Director of Strategy and Innovation. She also previously served nearly a decade with the City of Dallas in various roles including assistant director of the Department of Aviation and assistant to the City Manager. She has received numerous recognitions for her ability to build consensus and partnerships, including the Women's Transportation Seminar Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award and the Outstanding Executive Luna Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.
Kimberly currently serves as a member of the University of North Texas Public Administration Advisory Board, where she held the position of chairperson for four consecutive years. She's also a member of the Northeast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Tolbert received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Texas, where she was honored as the 2010 UNT-MPA Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
A native of Tyler, Texas, Kimberly has been married to Joe for 25 years and has one teenage son, Joshua.
- Human Resources
- Mayor and City Council Office
- Office of Business Diversity
- Office of Strategic Partnerships and Government Affairs
- Office of Public Affairs and Outreach