Director of Ocean Law & Policy
During her 15-year career in marine conservation, Kim has successfully combined her scientific knowledge and business experience to her practice as an attorney specializing in ocean and coastal law and project management.
Kim believes that a sustainable ocean policy is a delicate balance between the values of the community and the natural needs of the ecosystem. She brings this forward-thinking approach to all her efforts to shape effective marine conservation laws and policies and organizations. As project manager for the West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health (WCGA) since 2013, Kim provides high-level project management support to the Regional Ocean Partnership for the entire West Coast of the U.S. She oversees, organizes and manages all NOAA-funded events for the WCGA including the unprecedented West Coast Ocean Summit, annual Executive Committee meetings, workshops and receptions.
As project manager for the University of California, San Diego’s Sustainability Solutions Institute (SSI), Kim provided high level project-management support, serving as the point of contact for UCSD faculty and researchers, government agency representatives and other participating organizations in the conduct of environmental and sustainability research. Kim has developed multiple international interdisciplinary research efforts and partnerships throughout the world, including Europe and the Pacific Rim. As a facilitator of multi-stakeholder partnerships around the globe, Kim raises the profile for sustainability projects, plans multi-institutional international conferences and events coordinates all communications and develops all relevant materials.
Kim has served on several tasks forces, including the State of Hawaii Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force; in addition, Kim has worked on local, national and international ocean law issues with organizations including Earthjustice, Oceana, Environmental Law Institute, For the Fishes, Hawaii Audubon Society, KAHEA and the State of Hawaii and as a marine policy analyst for The Pacific Fisheries Coalition. As a private sector consultant, Kim’s work has ranged from providing legal advice to a software company to managing a start-up company. Kim has co-authored several publications, including a governance report on Marine Protected Areas in Hawaii and a legal and policy analysis of the impacts of the marine aquarium trade in the Indo-Pacific Region.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in marine biology from the University of Miami, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawaii and a Master’s of Advanced Studies in marine biodiversity and conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.