Navy Fellow, Institute for Politics and Strategy
Despite being born on a Marine Corps base in Albany, Georgia, CDR Kimberly Manuel considers herself a Navy brat from Virginia. After growing up in a Navy family mostly on the US east coast, Manuel graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Russian and European Studies. She commissioned into the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed two sea tours in USS Pinckney (DDG 91) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and USS Ponce (LPD 15) as the Navigator.
Ashore, she served as a writer in the White House Liaison Office, answering Presidential correspondence on behalf of the Navy. She also served as the Flag Aide and Protocol Officer for Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. During her time in Washington, DC, Manuel earned a Master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with a focus on Eurasia from the US Naval War College. Finally, she concluded her time in the Pentagon after laterally transferring to the Foreign Area Officer community and serving as the Northern Europe Desk Officer within OPNAV N52.
During her first overseas tour in Naples, Italy she worked in US Naval Forces Europe, US Sixth Fleet as a Black Sea and Eurasia Desk Officer. During her following staff assignment, CDR Manuel served in the Department of State’s Political-Military Bureau within the Regional Security and Arms Transfer division. Kimberly has been serving as the American Legation, United States Naval Attaché (ALUSNA) in Romania since May 2018. She served temporarily as the Acting Defense Attaché in Vilnius, Lithuania between October 2020 – January 2021. She is married to Kevin Manuel, a US Naval Academy class of 2005 graduate, and has two sons.