Kim Lombardi

Kim Lombardi

Associate Director of Advancement
2144B Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive

Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.

– Stuart Brown, MD, Contemporary American psychiatrist

I’ve made the change from working on behalf of elementary students to college and graduate students. While I will miss being in classrooms that have rug reading circles and tiny plastic chairs, I am thrilled to be back on my alma mater’s campus (plus if I really need my fill of sticky hands and snack time I can visit the UW Preschool lab on the floor below my office!). When I first toured Nancy Nicholas Hall and the new facilities,  I became excited about being part of such a dynamic place. Everything being done within SoHE is something that should interest anyone. Students are applying their learning to address real-world issues in an academic environment that fosters creativity and a focus on community well-being.

My background lies heavily in the non-profit world. I started as an educator with Playworks, a national non-profit that harnesses the power of play to support academic learning and the emotional and physical well-being of students in low-income elementary schools.  After two years working directly in schools, I moved from San Francisco to Chicago in 2011 to help launch Playworks programming in the Windy City. I took on a development role, supporting all facets of foundation and corporate partnerships, individual donor fundraising, and community outreach efforts. I am looking forward to using my skills and experience to increase alumni engagement with SoHE and leverage industry relationships to enhance the learning experiences of current students. Coming from a “professionally playful” organization, I think that play is not only essential to a child’s development, but to an adult’s growth and learning processes as well. I truly believe that SoHE embodies the spirit of play in its innovative programs.

80s music

Impromptu dance-offs



Hiking with my rescued boxer/beagle mix

MA, Teaching: National Louis University, 2009

BA, Sociology with Criminal Justice Certificate: University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2003