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Kimberly Ball
Deputy Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Agency for International Development

What is your favorite drink?
I love a good Cosmo

What are you known for mixing up behind the bar?
I pour a mean glass of wine.  (I do plan on practicing my mixing skills for this event)

When do you start your holiday shopping? Have you started already? Or do you wait until the very last minute?
Would Christmas Eve be considered last minute?

If you could get any present you wanted for the holidays, what would it be?
I already got my present for the year. Her name is Taylor and she is four months old. Ask me and I’ll show you a picture of the cutest baby ever!

And a little bit more about them that is official

Kimberly J. Ball is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). OSDBU coordinates the Small Business Program and is the initial point of contact at USAID for all categories of U.S. small businesses. OSDBU also oversees USAID’s efforts to increase the participation of Minority Serving Institutions of Higher Education in USAID-sponsored programs and activities.

Prior to joining OSDBU in 2008, Ms. Ball served as a Contract Specialist in USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (OAA). During her ten year stint in OAA, she supported the Global Health (GH), Europe and Eurasia (E&E), Economic Growth and Trade (EGAT), Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureaus and OAA’s Policy Division. She ended her OAA career as a Contracting Officer and Team Leader supporting various divisions in the DCHA Bureau.

Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Ball worked as a contract negotiator with the U.S. Air Force. As a civilian employee of the United States Air Force, Ms. Ball served at Nellis Air Force Base, Gunter Annex and Bolling Air Force Base. She began her career with the Air Force as a Palace Acquire Intern.

Ms. Ball holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hampton University.
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