Kirby Johnson began her career in fundraising as a first-year, undergraduate student at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. After working and volunteering for over a decade in various capacities within the offices of Development, Alumnae Relations, and Communications, Kirby took her non-profit experience onto the for-profit side where she was able to use her master's degree in business administration  (Georgia Tech) to implement direct marketing campaigns for several national non-profit organizations. In 2016, Kirby returned to her roots in higher education to assist UTC as the Director of Development for Major Gifts for the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).