Cathy Kim is a seasoned civic sector professional who has dedicated her career to programmatic and organizational development in service of influencing systems and policy changes in New York City. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Operations at the New York Immigration Coalition. Prior to that she served as Chief of Staff at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation where she advanced the organization’s strategic plan to disrupt the racial wealth gap in Central Brooklyn through the development of programs and organizational infrastructure.
Leading up to those roles, Cathy was with Enterprise Community Partners New York where she led the Most Vulnerable Populations team to, first, ensure access to affordable housing and, second, leverage affordable housing as a platform so that families and individuals could establish both economic stability and mobility. In this role, Cathy developed and tested new models to combine housing and services, advocated for resources and policies to address the family homelessness crisis, directed the strategic use of funding and provided technical assistance to organizations providing permanent housing for vulnerable households.
Throughout her career, Cathy has been committed to developing innovative ways to use housing as a platform to create access to economic opportunity and, as such, is a proud board member of both RiseBoro Community Partners and Asian Americans for Equality. She previously worked at the New York City Housing Authority where she helped the agency rethink and implement how residents are connected to services and opportunity and at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board where she helped create homeownership opportunities for low-to moderate-income New Yorkers. Cathy began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa where she helped launch and develop Childline Mpumalanga, an organization that protects children from violence and abuse. She is currently a Fellow of the Sterling Network, a diverse group of leaders across the public, private and non-profit sectors working together to increase economic mobility across New York City, with racial equity as a central guiding value.
Cathy holds a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Relations from Occidental College.