Kim honed the skills of problem solving, collaboration, and fundraising in a 30+ year in the public benefit arena. Highlights include facilitating a community wide process to reopen the doors of an ailing arts center, which grew into a thriving cultural hub in Flagstaff, Arizona; developing a track record for writing and editing highly effective grant proposals for organizations such as California State Summer School for the Arts, Arts for LA, and Get Lit - Words Ignite, among many others, and establishing the first development departments for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Arts for All Initiative and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.
In 2012, she began to investigate learning and teaching creativity in the classroom, working alongside the late Dr. James Catterall at the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC). She rose to become the Associate Director, taking part in and coordinating international research teams for clients such as California State Arts Council, Educational Theatre Association, Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Grammy Foundation, The Wooden Floor, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists, and Alameda County Office of Education, among others. She is the co-author of the book chapter Arts Evaluation and Assessment: Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities (2018, R.S. Rajan, I.C.O’Neal, eds.).
Kim is a published essayist, journalist, and poet. In her community, she co-founded Topanga Authors’ Group and the Transport Topanga Literary Festival to give storytellers a place to connect, inspire, and learn from one another. Currently, she is a graduate student in the Creativity and Change Leadership program (‘21) at Buffalo State College, SUNY. She believes that through creative problem solving, each of us can act as leading catalysts for change.