Meet Our Founders & Experienced Leadership Team
Kimberly Walton (she/her)
Kimberly Walton is the founder of the nationwide diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) consultancy, DiverseUSA, LLC, serving organizations across sectors, professional service firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Guided by core values of efficacy, fairness, and never wasting potential, Kimberly always embraces the opportunity to tackle complex DEIA challenges.
With more than 30 years of experience at the intersection of law, policy, and social justice, her true talent is that of fostering human connection, and envisioning and realizing large-scale policy.
Kimberly is recognized for her prolific design and implementation of effective, pragmatic DEIA strategies and advising clients on driving and managing necessary—sometimes painful— change through transparency and empathy. She is also a trusted coach to individuals newly appointed to senior DEIA leadership roles. She regularly speaks on DEIA-related topics at conferences and other events nationwide.
Thanks to her roots in public service and policy, Kimberly is involved with several non-profits supporting public agency goals, including becoming a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established to assist the government in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. She is also the Vice President of Executive Women in Government, an organization serving as a powerful force for advancing women in senior leadership positions in the federal government.
Kimberly is the former Executive Assistant Administrator for Enterprise Support at the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In that role, she was responsible for implementing processes that strengthen enterprise support services across TSA’s human resources, acquisition and procurement, training, logistics, and other critical enterprise support functions.
TSA Enterprise Support provides services to 62,000 employees, manages 14,000 pieces of Transportation Security Equipment nationwide to secure 2.2 million passengers; trained over 7900 new ofﬁcers, spent 1.89 billion in contracting dollars; and managed over 15,000 computers. Enterprise Support consists of 7 ofﬁces and 1900 employees and has a budget of 1.9 billion. Enterprise Support oversees TSA’s ofﬁces of Human Capital, Acquisition Program Management, Contracting and Procurement, Security & Administrative Services, Training and Development, and Information Technology.
After joining TSA in January 2003, Kimberly served as the TSA Ombudsman, Deputy Special Counselor, and then Special Counselor, where she served as the principal advisor to the TSA Administrator on all matters involving civil rights and liberties, equal opportunity, disability, privacy, and diversity issues. In January 2012, she became the Assistant Administrator for Civil Rights & Liberties, Ombudsman, and Traveler Engagement (CRL/OTE).
Before joining TSA, Kimberly served as the Deputy Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer for the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Ofﬁce and as Director of Civil Rights for the Department of Commerce. She also chaired the department's diversity council. Before joining Commerce, Ms. Walton was an attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
In 2015, she created, developed, and launched Women Executives at TSA (WE@TSA) and Employee Advocacy Council that engages female executives and other interested employees to provide their unique perspectives on issues facing women in the workplace. She served as the President of WE@TSA until 2021.
Kimberly is a 2021 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and a recipient of the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. She has received a DHS Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management, TSA Silver Medal Award, and TSA Core Values Award. Additionally, she received the TSA Trailblazer Award in recognition of her pioneering efforts toward the advancement of women. While at the U.S. Department of Commerce, she received a Silver Medal Award and two Bronze Medals.
Kimberly is also a graduate of the National and International Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Kimberly holds a law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She studied psychology at the University of Tennessee and organizational psychology at Columbia University. She lives with her husband of 40 years and enjoys spending time and traveling with her two adult children and four grandsons.
Tamara Miller (she/her)
Tamara Miller is the co-founder of DiverseUSA, LLC, an accomplished civil rights trial attorney, a retired Senior Executive in the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health & Human Services, and a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with over 37 years of legal, policy and leadership experience. What is most notable about Tamara’s career is that she has worked tirelessly to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in multiple sectors:
As a Deputy Chief and Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tamara successfully prosecuted and supervised federal criminal and civil rights cases involving the color of law brutality by police officers and prison guards; hate crimes, including cross-burnings at Black family’s homes, and racially motivated attacks on Sikhs and Muslims thought to be terrorists following 9/11 due to their appearance; sex trafficking of women and slavery cases involving the forced labor of domestic servants and agricultural workers, in federal courts throughout the country.
As the second Director of Civil Rights at the Transportation Security Administration, Tamara provided executive direction and oversight of TSA’s EEO programs, mediation, and workforce diversity initiatives and established its external civil rights program to review complaints of discriminatory screening practices, including racial profiling and accessibility, at the nation’s airports. As a Special counselor, she also leads the Privacy Office, Freedom of Information Act, Ombudsman, Executive Secretariat, GAO/IG Audit Liaison, Sensitive Security Information, and Transportation Security Redress Offices.
As Deputy Director for Civil Rights at the Department of Health & Human Services, Tamara provided national-level leadership and oversight to ten regional offices and headquarters staff to investigate and resolve complaints of denial of equal access and discriminatory treatment in healthcare, social services, and child welfare programs through enforcement action, technical assistance, and training. She enforced federal laws through settlements and corrective actions in over 20 major cases against State agencies and HHS contract companies receiving federal funds.
In the U.S. military, as a JAG officer, Tamara prosecuted serious crimes, including sexual assault and child molestation; and she represented the Department of Air Force as agency counsel assessing and defending employment discrimination claims brought in Federal courts throughout the country, including trying the first Air Force jury trial under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1990. After separating from active duty, Tamara joined the Maryland Air National Guard, where she served as the Staff Judge Advocate and provided expert advice and counsel to commanders and service members on all aspects of military justice and civil affairs affecting Air Force operations in the state.
She has received several Senior Executive Service performance awards, the TSA Gold Award for Leadership, and numerous military awards and decorations. Tamara is a volunteer guardian ad litem for disadvantaged children and was named the 2019 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project for her service as a guardian ad litem.
Tamara earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, her B.A. degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame; and is a member of the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Maryland Bars.
Tamara was born in Seoul, South Korea, to a Korean woman and an African-American soldier. After her adoption as an infant by an African-American couple, Tamara immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. She is married, has two children, and one grandchild.
Proudly displays our red, white, and blue national colors, mirroring the flag of the United States of America. When viewed horizontally, the letters "U" and “A" appear and vertically, the letter “S” signifying the USA.
Each logo element has been thoughtfully chosen to resonate with DiverseUSA’s mission and core values:·
- The Horizontal "U" and "A" - These letters stand for ‘United’ and 'America' respectively. They encapsulate that despite our differences – varied backgrounds, ethnicities, and beliefs – we come together to form a united and diverse America. The seamless integration of these letters in our logo speaks to the seamless nature of our collective identity.
- The Vertical "S" - While representative of 'States' it also signifies strength and solidarity. It's a reminder of the cohesive bond that ties every state and territory in the union, regardless of its unique identity.
- The Name “DiverseUSA”- Diversity is at the core of our identity. As a nation of immigrants, the USA has thrived on our collective differences – the strengths, talents, and innovations of its diverse population. We believe in championing and leveraging this diversity, not as an obligation but as a strength.