Meet Kimberly Ellis

Named the most powerful, unelected person in California Democratic politics by the Sacramento Bee, Kimberly Ellis is a captivating orator and progressive movement leader who educates, motivates and inspires people to action.

Named the most powerful, unelected person in California Democratic politics by the Sacramento Bee, Kimberly Ellis is a captivating orator and progressive movement leader who educates, motivates and inspires people to action.

As the former Executive Director of Emerge California, the state’s most effective training program for Democratic women who run for office, Kimberly is a nationally recognized Progressive leader who has been credited with revolutionizing Democratic politics in California.

Today, more than 50% of Emerge California’s alumnae currently serve in elected or appointed office including California’s first female Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen.

After running for Chair of the California Democratic Party in 2017 where she inspired thousands, this past summer Kimberly Ellis founded and launched Unbought - Unbossed (UnB2), an incubator for the next generation of political disruptors.

Kimberly has appeared on syndicated television and radio, and is frequently interviewed by leading political media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press. She is a frequent contributor to a number of online and print dailies, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Huffington Post.

With the vacancy created amidst scandal, Kimberly Ellis is again running to be the next Chair of the California Democratic Party.

Kimberly is committed to making sure that the California Democratic Party looks forward, not back; and builds broader coalitions with new allies; and most importantly, creates the culture shift within the Party that ensures the reported abuses never again occur.

Kimberly holds a law degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Jacksonville University.

Kimberly lives in the Bay Area and is a proud, single working mom of two teenagers – and their cat Agave. Kimberly enjoys washing dishes, Murder-She-Wrote reruns, ballet and hip-hop dancing, going to church, discount clothing stores and fancy restaurants that serve Crème Brûlée.