Former Salinas City Councilwoman Kimbley Craig, is President & CEO of Monterey County Business Council. She leads the organization and specializes in forging cross-sector partnerships between private, public, and nonprofit agencies. She is also the current Executive Director for Leadership Monterey County.
Kimbley has balanced her progressive career with an unwavering commitment to Salinas. She is a Past President of the Salinas Jaycees. She later served two terms as Vice President of the California Jaycees. Kimbley is on the Salinas Rodeo Committee, and has held positions on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Monterey County, Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monterey County, and SVMHS Heart & Sole 10K Race. She is a Hall of Fame Award recipient for Leadership Salinas Valley. Currently, she is a volunteer driver for ITN Monterey County, a driving service for seniors and low-vision residents. She is a founder of Monterey Bay Derby Dames, a local non-profit organizational women’s roller derby team for the Monterey Peninsula. Recently, she joined the Board of Directors for Hospice Giving Foundation, which promotes preparedness and dignified end of life care for individuals and their loved ones. She is a leadership trainer to local boards of directors on fiscal management, community outreach, and proper meeting procedures. She is widely recognized by her organizations for her ability to mobilize resources and volunteers.
Kimbley ran for office and was elected to Salinas City Council in 2010. She was reelected again in 2014, and served a successful second term until December 2018. She actively represented North Salinas in District #5, which encompasses nearly half (approximately $33 million dollars) of the city’s retail sales tax base. Kimbley maintained a balanced and responsible pro-business stance on City Council. She was the youngest woman ever elected to office in Salinas.
While she served on City Council, Mayor Joe Gunter had Kimbley appointed to 9 sub-committees:
- Transportation Agency of Monterey County – 2010-2018 (Chair – 2014, Executive Board 2010-2016)
- Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority
- Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Rail Policy Committee
- Finance Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Marketing Committee
- Legislative Committee (State and Federal legislation)
- Rodeo Committee
- Fireworks Policy Committee
Additionally, she was one of 32 public administrators (out of 800 applications) selected to participate in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s degree program, and her thesis addresses the issue of human trafficking of migrant communities right here in Monterey County. She graduated in April 2019.
Kimbley and her partner Bobby live in Salinas with their Corgi, Lucy.