Kim received her Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University, specializing in environmental sociology and social movements. She has taught sociology at Portland Community College (PCC) since 1996 and is the Director of the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network (GPSEN), acknowledged as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by United Nations University in 2013. She represented the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) at the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit, in 2012, and currently serves on AASHE’s Board of Directors.
She also serves as an International Fellow with the U.S. Partnership for ESD and led the U.S. delegation to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in 2014. She has served as PCC’s Service-Learning Coordinator, Teaching Learning Center Co-Director, and Training Coordinator for PCC’s Summer Sustainability Institute, and works closely with many non-profits. She is committed to offering hope for a sustainable future through education and civic engagement.