Boston Debate League


September 8, 2021 | By Jackney Joseph

We are thrilled to introduce Kimberly Willingham as the new Executive Director of the Boston Debate League.

Kim has been with the BDL for six years, first as an Instructional Coach for our Debate-Inspired Classrooms program and most recently as our Director of Culture and Engagement. She brings a wealth of experience to the Executive Director role, with a background in teaching, school leadership, consulting, and direct service to youth and families.

Throughout the search process, which involved members from across the BDL community, Kim stood out not only for her experience but also her vision of leadership. Kim brings a deep understanding of educational issues, and a singular focus on ensuring high-quality learning for all students, especially those who have often been denied such opportunities. Additionally, she has been instrumental in leading our efforts to uphold and advance the BDL’s values of Diversity and Inclusion and Racial and Social Equity. As the first woman and the first person of color to serve as Executive Director, Kim is exactly the leader the BDL needs to achieve new levels of impact, growth, and visibility, and we are delighted to have her leading us.

Under Kim’s new leadership, and with the support of the entire BDL staff and board, we are excited to build on the BDL’s record of quality and impact in the years to come.

“Together, let us work toward our vision that all young people in Boston are engaged in critical discourse, informed by evidence, and empowered to lead.”
– Kim Willingham
Executive Director, BDL