Kim grew up in Chicago, Illinois but moved to Los Angeles for her last few years of high school and then attending San Francisco State to study Psychology. While going to school, she interned at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital in the acute care unit as well as volunteered at a residential facility counseling at-risk youth. After college, Kim went on to work in television as a production manager for a major production company and then ultimately for a major woman’s network. Eventually, Kim turned her attention back to helping others and accepted a job with Pallotta TeamWorks, producing the Avon 3 Day Breast Cancer Walks and AIDS Rides, raising millions of dollars for AVON and Susan G. Komen. She co-produced the first 7-day bike ride across Montana, helping to raise more than 2 million dollars for AIDS Vaccine Research. She also served as a consultant for Cure Autism Now as the Communications and Marketing Manager, before accepting a position with Best Buddies.
As State Director for Best Buddies California; a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by pairing them in friendships with their non-disable peers as well as job placement and coaching, Kim was responsible for program development, fundraising, marketing and administration for 5 regional offices all across California, impacting the lives of more than 5,000 people on a yearly basis.
Out of a strong desire to be an active member of her community and to get back to her roots of working with youth, she sought out and joined the SCV Youth Project late in 2005.
Kim is a proud recipient of the Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley “Making a Difference for Women” award, Santa Clarita Valley’s “40 Under 40″ leadership award, one of Santa Clarita’s Top 51 Most Influential People, and has received a Non-Profit Leadership award. In her spare time, Kim became a successful website owner, public speaker, radio talk show host, NYT’s best-selling author and a Special Correspondent for Crime Watch Daily. Kim and her son Sam are thirteen-year residents of Santa Clarita.