Kim was born and raised in Colorado. She has lived in Lakewood with her husband and three children for over 10 years. She spent many years while her children were young as a stay at home mother, primarily because the cost of childcare eclipsed the income she could generate at the time. As her children grew old enough to attend public school, she began working from home as an editor in the higher education department of a learning resources vendor, providing assessment and instructor resources to major higher education publication houses.
For the last 5 years, Kim has led a Girl Scout troop of between 20 and 35 girls from ages 5 to 14 based out of her children’s school. Unlike many troops in the area, her girls’ troop is always open to new members from anywhere in the area, and purchases registration, supplies, and dues for girls whose families would otherwise be financially unable to participate. Financial ability should never prevent a girl from participating in activities that help build her confidence, skills, and social well-being. The troop has organized donation drives benefitting two local animal shelters, the Jefferson County Action Center, the African Community Center, the Standing Rock protest camp, victims of the 2013 flooding along the front range, and local fire and police stations. They have also worked to institute a composting program at their school, to reduce waste, and are currently developing a project to have crosswalks installed around their school to increase the safety of students and their families.
Kim was raised by both her single mother and her older sister. Her mother struggled with severe mental illness and breast cancer throughout Kim’s childhood, leading to limited income, high bills, and frequent instability. As a child, Kim relied heavily on the free and reduced lunch program and scholarships to before- and after-school care programs and summer camps. Her experiences with these programs gives her a keen understanding of how vital they are in promoting healthy physical, mental, and social development in children, and how important it is to not only keep these programs alive, but expand their reach.
Kim started working in 6th grade as a summer camp counselor and after-school care aid at the same programs she attended throughout elementary school. She worked all through high school at fast food restaurants and child care facilities, helping her mother, on a fixed income due to early, medically-necessary retirement, make ends meet. After graduating from Fairview in Boulder, Kim attended Loyola University New Orleans.
Kim was able to attend college through federal grants which, if she were a student today, she would no longer qualify for, merit scholarships, the federal work study program, and two part-time jobs. Kim learned important lessons in work ethic and personal responsibility as she worked to maintain the high grades needed in two majors to retain her financial aid. In 2005, three months after graduating magna cum laude, Kim, her 12-week-old daughter, husband, and family dog were forced to leave the city in mandatory evacuations hours before Hurricane Katrina hit. They decided shortly after the storm that a move to Colorado would offer the best opportunities in raising their family.
In addition to raising her three children, working full time from home, and leading a Girl Scout troop, Kim is actively involved in local and national politics. She was elected as an at-large delegate representing supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders from the state of Colorado at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Kim is also the former Chair of House District 28, and still currently hold positions as PCP and central committee member in HD28, as well as sitting on numerous committees at the county, congressional district, and state levels. She understands the importance of engagement at all levels of government as a means of effecting positive change in her community