Biography

Kimberley Briggs Layton

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(SDJT ''81) is a third generation San Diegan. She attended San Diego High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Irvine. rnrnFollowing in the footsteps of her very political grandfather, James B. Abbey who was the District Attorney for San Diego County in the 1930s, Kimberley went to work in politics first working with then State Assemblywoman Lucy Killea rising quickly to become Killea’s Chief of Staff after her controversial election in 1989 to the State Senate. During her almost eight years with Killea, Kimberley worked both in San Diego and Sacramento to shape new laws affecting the State of California. rnrnIn 1995, Kimberley was appointed by the Mayor of San Diego to direct the Department of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of San Diego. In this capacity, she coordinated all legislative activity for the City in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and advised the Mayor and City Council on issues pending before these legislative bodies. rnrnIn March of 1998, Mayor Susan Golding, appointed Kimberley to serve as her Chief of Staff, overseeing and advising on all issues pending before the City Council and coordinating efforts with the City Manager’s Office. In this position she was personally involved with all the major policies and proposals affecting the City of San Diego. rnrnHowever, in June 2000, after having become Golding’s longest serving Chief of Staff, Kimberley decided to make an interesting career change and accepted the newly created position of Director of Public Affairs – Corporate/Community Relations for the San Diego Chargers.rnrnIn this capacity Kimberley works to expand the Chargers’ outreach and impact in the San Diego community while enhancing the Chargers’ corporate, business, education and charitable relationships. She also oversees and coordinates the activities of the Chargers Community Foundation which has awarded over $8 million dollars to schools, students and critical causes in San Diego County. rnrnKimberley has twice been named one of the 50 to Watch by San Diego Magazine, and in 2003 was named one of the 40 Under 40 by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. rnrnShe serves on numerous community boards including, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Star/Pal (San Diego’s Police Athletic League), the San Diego Civic Light Opera Association (Starlight Theatre), the San Diego Downtown Partnership and LEAD San Diego, rnrnKimberley Layton is married to her husband of twelve years, Farrell Layton, a Detective with the San Diego Police Department. rn