Kimberly Perkins is a Captain on a Gulfstream 650 with extensive international experience. Along with piloting, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington researching the impact of cognitive bias on aviation safety. Her interdisciplinary doctoral research addresses the safety implications of biases on three levels: flight deck crew dynamics, organizational safety culture, and industry workforce development.
Through her published works and public speaking, she is an outspoken leader on equity, diversity, inclusivity, and safety culture initiatives within the aviation industry. She is a humanitarian activist through a non-profit she founded called Aviation for Humanity. The organization utilizes the network of international aviation to bring school supplies to children throughout the developing world with the goal of empowering children, supporting education, and, through positive multicultural interactions, creating a global community that advocates for diversity and inclusivity.