Kimberly C. Driggins
Kimberly C. Driggins has been the associate director for citywide planning in the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning for the past 7 years. She established the Citywide Planning Division and was responsible for managing planning projects across several areas: housing, economic development, transportation, creative placemaking and capital improvement and master facilities planning. Driggins oversaw the development and implementation of numerous studies and initiatives including: the Retail Action Strategy, the Vibrant Retail Streets Toolkit, the Creative DC Agenda, the Live Near Your Work employer-assisted housing pilot program, streetcar land use studies, and master facilities plans for select District government agencies.
Under Driggins’s leadership, the DC Office of Planning has won over $1.2 million in national grants for creative placemaking projects. Ms. Driggins served as the project manager for OP’s nationally recognized Temporary Urbanism Initiative, with catalytic projects like LUMEN8Anacosita, the Central 14th Street ArtPlace project and the Nerds in NoMa Third Place Project. In addition, Driggins has been a key advisor on creative placemaking projects locally and nationally.
Prior to the Office of Planning, Driggins worked in the Office of the City Administrator/Deputy Mayor, where she served as senior advisor on capital budget and finance issues. She began her career consulting on real estate, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization projects in the private and nonprofit sectors. She received a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from Hampton University. During her Loeb Fellowship she will explore the intersection of design, civic engagement, and creative placemaking with a focus on equity and inclusion.