"Glynda and Kimberly are helping to change the world through Higher Heights and in the process are creating an extraordinary example of why women's voices matter. Because of their extraordinary work I have no doubt more women of color will be inspired to make their voices heard, hold their elected leaders accountable and run for office themselves." - US Senator Kristen Gillibrand
Advocate and political strategist Glynda C. Carr is recognized for her innovative leadership style, commitment to expanding the civic participation of communities of color and advancing progressive public policies that build sustainable communities.
Carr is the former Executive Director of Education Voters of New York, a leading independent voice for school reform in the state. She joined Education Voters in 2008 where she became New York’s youngest African-American woman to run a statewide advocacy organization.
Prior to Education Voters, Carr was Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Kevin Parker (Brooklyn), and managed the Senator’s key initiatives and shaped policy around youth development and economic development for the then newly created 21st senatorial district. She also served as campaign manager for two of his successful re-election campaigns.
Carr has held senior management positions with key national organizations including: the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
A sought after speaker and trainer, Carr’s writing has also appeared on TheRoot.com, BET.com, Ebony.com and Feminist.com. She is a contributor on The SPIN: All Women’s Media Panel and has appeared on Fox News Live, MSNBC and several other media outlets. She was named a “Rising Star” in The Capitol’s 2009 40 under 40 edition.
Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Co-Founder
A highly skilled political fundraiser and event planner, Kimberly Peeler-Allen was the Principal of Peeler-Allen Consulting, LLC from 2003 to 2014, the only African American full-time fundraising consulting firm in New York State.
After completing the 2002 gubernatorial campaign of H. Carl McCall where she served as the deputy finance director, Kimberly founded her New York City-based consulting firm to help develop capital for clients, organizations, and issues affecting people of color that have historically been kept outside of the mainstream. She built her company to help ensure that systemic change would be created for the causes in which she believes.
In 2010, Kimberly was named to the Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 list as well as named one of The Feminist Press’ 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism.
Kimberly took her commitment to women candidates and candidates of color one step further. In 2011, she founded with Glynda Carr, Higher Heights, a nation organization seeking to elevate Black women’s voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics.
Kimberly’s work on political campaigns continued and she most recently served as Finance Director for Letitia James’ successful bid to become Public Advocate of the City of New York and the first African American woman elected city-wide in New York’s history.
Kimberly currently makes her home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and children.