President & CEO

KIM CARTER

As President/CEO of the Center for Housing Advancement and Motivational Projects (CHAMP), Kim Carter has made a significant impact nationwide, offering training, empowerment, and motivation to help individuals reach their fullest potential. Kim stands out as one of the few black women in the United States who has successfully built affordable housing for low-income communities, setting a high standard of excellence through her projects.

Over the past 25 years, Kim has established herself as a thriving entrepreneur, developing a wide range of evidence-based programs and services. These initiatives have garnered numerous awards and accolades, recognizing their significant positive impact on the community. One of her most prestigious recognitions is her international acclaim as a Top 10 CNN Hero, awarded for the innovative housing model she has pioneered. Many refer to Kim as “The Real Deal” because she consistently delivers valuable insight and practical solutions to address today’s most pressing issues.

Kim’s dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment have made her a true champion in her field, transforming lives and communities across the country.

President & CEO

KIM CARTER

As President/CEO of the Center for Housing Advancement and Motivational Projects (CHAMP), Kim Carter has made a significant impact nationwide, offering training, empowerment, and motivation to help individuals reach their fullest potential. Kim stands out as one of the few black women in the United States who has successfully built affordable housing for low-income communities, setting a high standard of excellence through her projects.

Over the past 25 years, Kim has established herself as a thriving entrepreneur, developing a wide range of evidence-based programs and services. These initiatives have garnered numerous awards and accolades, recognizing their significant positive impact on the community. One of her most prestigious recognitions is her international acclaim as a Top 10 CNN Hero, awarded for the innovative housing model she has pioneered. Many refer to Kim as “The Real Deal” because she consistently delivers valuable insight and practical solutions to address today’s most pressing issues.

Kim’s dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment have made her a true champion in her field, transforming lives and communities across the country.

With a rich history spanning 25 years  affordable housing developer, Kim has made significant strides in the sector, notably with the creation of the Phoenix Square apartments, catering to the needs of low-income families. As a strategic planner, innovator, motivational speaker, and author, she has also excelled in various capacities. Kim holds certifications as a Train the Trainer in five evidence-based program models, encompassing Strength-Based Case Management, Motivational Interviewing, Gender Responsive Strategies & Principles, Global Appraisal of Individual Needs, and Seeking Safety.

TELL IT LIKE A WOMAN

Hollywood took notice of Kim’s remarkable journey from tragedy to triumph, resulting in the creation of the film “Tell it Like A Woman,” directed by Taraji P. Henson, with the incomparable Jennifer Hudson portraying Kim’s life story. The movie is available on Amazon Prime, providing a wider audience with insights into Kim’s inspirational journey.

Invisible Bars: Barriers to Women’s Health and Well-Being During and After Incarceration

Kim’s scholarly pursuits include epidemiological modeling for interventions aimed at women in prison, focusing on anti-recidivism strategies post-incarceration. This extensive research culminated in the publication of “Invisible Bars: Barriers to Women’s Health and Well-Being During and After Incarceration.”

CNN HERO

“At the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, New York, Kim Carter was celebrated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes, representing Time for Change Foundation and her extraordinary commitment to empowering women. The highlight of the event was when actress Taylor Schilling presented Kim with the Top 10 Hero Award, a poignant moment that underscored Kim’s incredible impact in helping women reclaim their children and transform their lives.

Get your copy today.

In her riveting book, “Waking Up to My Purpose”, Kim Carter unravels her journey from adversity to advocacy. Each page invites readers into her transformative world, from the gripping challenges of addiction and incarceration to her inspiring ascent as a beacon of hope and change. This work reflects Kim’s resilience and dedication and serves as a testament to her unwavering commitment to empowering others. As a celebrated motivational speaker, influential consultant, and visionary behind affordable housing initiatives, Kim’s story is a profound reminder of the power of redemption, resilience, and purpose.

When you buy this book, your impact is doubled. Fifty percent of all proceeds directly benefit the Time for Change Foundation.

KIM CARTER’S

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Scholarly Work
  1. Epidemiological Modeling of Interventions for Women in Prison (136th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting)
  2. Invisible Bars: Barriers to Women’s Health During and After Incarceration (136th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting)
  3. Utilizing Community Participatory Research (CBPR) methods to document women health issues in prison. (136th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting)
Principal Investigator - Project Management

Positive Futures – 1.2-million-dollar Re-entry project for 135 women pre/post incarceration funded by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA)

Positive Futures II -Expansion – 2.1 million-dollar Reentry project for 220 women pre/post incarceration funded by Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA)

Phoenix Square – 1.5-million-dollar multi-unit affordable housing development project specifically for women with criminal backgrounds. Funded by HUD

Policy Advocacy & Public Education Campaigns
  • Proposition 47 – Advocacy around those dollars resulting from savings due to decreased incarceration be earmarked for community programs and services for women and those with children.
  • AB 1008 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 14, 2017. This bill ends employment discrimination during the hiring process for job applicants with a conviction history. This makes California the tenth state to “ban the box” to private employers.
  • AB 2765 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 28, 2016. This bill would extend the period of time in which a person could file a petition or application to reduce their low-level felony to a misdemeanor under Proposition 47 which was passed by voters in 2014.
  • AB 1056 was passed. This bill will help ensure that the Proposition 47 savings are used meaningfully by providing funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist formerly incarcerated persons with housing, behavioral healthcare, drug treatment and other services. 10/2/15
  • AB 219 was signed into law and codifies and expands access to the existing Alternative Custody Program by enacting a responsible timeline for application review and provide applicants with an opportunity to appeal. 10/10/15
  • SB 405 restores a driver’s license if it was suspended for nonviolent offenses and if the driver agrees to a court-ordered debt collection program. The legislation will work in conjunction with Brown’s proposed Traffic Amnesty Program. 9/30/15
  • Proposition 47 passed in the November 4, 2014 elections. Proposition 47 reclassifies certain felony drug and property offenses to misdemeanors. Inapplicable to persons with prior serious or violent crime convictions and registered sex offenders. Fiscal Impact: State and County criminal justice savings potentially in the high hundreds of millions of dollars annually. State savings to be spent on school truancy and dropout prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.
  • AB 1579 signed into law. Known as the Healthy Baby Act of 2014, this bill gives pregnant women access to lifesaving CalWORKs cash and healthcare benefits in their second (as opposed to third) trimesters of pregnancy. It will particularly affect women facing domestic violence because abuse often starts or escalates during pregnancy 09/2014
  • Lifetime ban on CalWORKS and CalFresh for people with past felony convictions lifted through CA budget 06/2014
  • Alternative Custody Program expanded to men and implemented at the county level to provide parents who were primary custodial parent before arrest with an alternative to custody 06/2014
  • California expands Medi-cal 10/2013
  • AB 218 “Employment applications: criminal history” signed into law. Also known as “ban the box” removes that daunting question “have you ever been convicted of a felony?” from public employers’ applications 10/2013
  • Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino changes their policies to provide a fair and equal opportunity for housing persons with past felony convictions 09/2012
  • AB 855 Keeping Families Whole- Added the caveat for the Adoptions Safe Family Act that women who are currently incarcerated be given due notification if any child enters the child welfare system and notification of rights to reunification.
  • AB 2530 “No More Shackles” signed into law that prohibits women being shackled during delivery.

Ensures that incarcerated pregnant women are restrained in the least restrictive way possible when being transported to and from a state or local correctional facility (reintroduction of AB 568 and AB 1900) 09/2012

  • Proposition 36 victory. Prop 36 revises the three strikes law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is “serious or violent.” 11/2012
Honors and Awards
  • Dignity Health Woman of the Year
  • Rubicon’s Value Award – Richmond CA
  • Rialto State of the Women’s Jewel Award
  • Zsi Beta Kappa Woman of Distinction Award
  • James Irvine Leadership Award
  • International Women’s Day Award from Peace from Women on the Move Network
  • Ebony Power 100 – Top Influential African Americans
  • Top 10 CNN Heroes Award
  • The Urban Philanthropy Institute “She’s the Change Award” For Exceptional Leadership”
  • NAACP Local Hero Award
  • Business Woman of the Year – National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Commission on the Status of Women, San Bernardino County – Woman of Distinction Award
  • KCET Television/Washington Mutual – Unsung Hero Award
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation – Committed Efforts & Outstanding Contributions to the Gender Responsive
  • The Unforgettables Foundation – The Unforgettable Heart Award
  • National Association of Women Business Owners -Business Woman of the Year
  • Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders Conference -The Power of One Award
  • Black Chamber of Commerce Inland Empire, Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Business Association of the Inland Empire -Multicultural Hero Award
Speaking and Training Workshops
  • Mills College- Entrepreneurship Center “ – Guest Speaker Healing – Keynote
  • UCR School of Public Policy – Race, Poverty, Economics – Key Note Speaker 
  • Womens’ Policy Institute – Alumni Convening – Guest Speaker 
  • Center for Positive Change – Keynote 
  • San Bernardino Behavioral Health “ Recovery Happens” 
  • Solano County – Probation Department’s Keynote Speake 
  • CIW – Young Women’s Empowering Group – Impact Speaker Dec 2018
  • 11th Annual San Bernardino Homeless Summit (Keynote) Nov 
  • 2nd Annual Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted Peoples Florida Con. – Keynote
  • United State of Women USOW Panelist for Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap
  • UCLA – Democracy Now
  • Cal State Los Angeles – Advancing Women’s Equity and Gender Justice
  • San Francisco County – Juvenile Hall – Young Adults 
  • Checkr’s Background Checking Company – Panel with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
  • Community Housing and Urban Development – SB County Forum 
  • SB County African American Employee’s Association Black History Month Keynote 
  • UCLA Beyond the Bars – Criminal Justice Reform Conference – Key Note, Panelist
  • San Bernardino Valley College – Commencement Speaker 
  • Paradox Ministries – Keynote Speaker
  • Senator Connie Leyva’s Career Day Session” Key Note Speaker (Jan 2016)
  • Weingart Foundation – Panelist for OMB A-133 Indirect Rate – Trainer 
  • The Way World Outreach Church Kim Guest Speaker
  • LLU Medical Auxiliary Luncheon, “Women of Change” Kim keynote speaker
  • Community Action Partnership /Poverty Symposium – Criminal Justice Panel
  • Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders Conference- Power of One Award 
  • University of California Riverside- California’s Funders Briefing- Riverside CA 
  • Women’s Policy Institute- Alum Conference Kim Speaker 
  • The Woman’s Foundation of California Conference- Key Note – Oakland CA 
  • University of California Riverside- California’s Funders Briefing- Riverside CA
  • California Endowment- Peer to peer evidence-based practices Training– Los Angeles CA
  • Gender Responsive Strategies Conference – Key Note- Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated –Richmond CA 
  • University of Redlands– Media 101 Training for Students AB 218 – Redlands CA. 
  • Women of Value Conference – Key Note – Moreno Valley CA
  • City of Perris- Non-Profit Capacity Building
  • Families and Criminal Justice Training Institute at Center for Healthy Communities TCE Los Angeles, Kim plenary speaker Prop 47 
  • Red Shoe Empowerment Conference- Key Note Speaker- Los Angeles CA 

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