Kymberly Byrd is a PhD candidate in the Community Research and Action program at Vanderbilt University. Her research examines social enterprise and entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic opportunity. Her research focuses on three areas: 1) social enterprise and entrepreneurship combatting post-incarceration unemployment and underemployment; 2) social enterprises providing wraparound services to their clients; and 3) not-for-profit social enterprises that utilize market-based strategies to support the financial sustainability of their organizations.
Kymberly has served on several Turner Family Center for Social Ventures student committees and facilitates the center’s Emerging Impact Leaders program. Kymberly obtained undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Spanish from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and graduate degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Boston University.