John Kim is the Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing all the administrative and operational functions at The Annie E. Casey Foundation. He has played many roles both on the administrative and programmatic sides at AECF starting as a Program Associate in 2002 working with states and jurisdictions to reform child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In 2005, Kim transitioned to Director of Grants Management, where he oversaw the distribution of funds to more than 600 grantees annually while also overhauling of the organization’s grant-making process. In 2010, he served as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the federal Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C.
Growing up in a Korean-immigrant family that worked in retail in the South Side of Chicago, Kim noticed at an early age that “there were vast disparities in the opportunities people had depending on where they grew up in the city.” Working at Casey has taught him that “if you are actively engaged in finding the right solutions, have the right resources and point of view about what it takes to bring about change, you can actually improve lives.”
Kim earned his Law degree from the University of Baltimore, holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.