Meet Kimberly Pope
Kimberly Pope grew up on the East Coast, but she has "always felt like my soul lived in California." For the past 31 years, she has made a yearly pilgrimage to the Mendocino County coast and a rustic home that has been part of her husband David's family for nearly 100 years.
In addition to the usual hiking and beachcombing, they dig ditches and carve out fire trails, often joined by "a huge extended family."
Now, with their kids (Sam, Austin, and Evelyn) in their 20s and immersed in their own lives, the couple decided it was time "we have a grand adventure together," she says.
So when the chance opened up to join Wildwood as Director of Admission and Enrollment Management in summer 2018, Kimberly jumped at it. In June, she and David left Simsbury, Connecticut, where she was Director of International Admissions at Westminster School and moved to Venice, CA. They also bought a convertible Miata—all the better to enjoy those ocean breezes.
Her explorer's spirit has taken her to 25-plus countries—a majority of them during a decade as Director of the Davis Scholars Program at Westminster, which aims at diversifying independent secondary schools. The job took her out of her comfort zone and into people's homes, eager to understand each and every culture.
In her first visit to Wildwood, she could tell "there is something different about a Wildwood student. Their poise and maturity blew me away." That, she adds, "is why we picked up and moved across the country."