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David Kim

David Kim

David Kim

Program Associate, People and Place
Why do you do what you do? What drew you to the foundation?

My grandfather taught me that everyone has the potential to do and be whatever they want in the world, but not everyone has the opportunities. I have carried that with me as I came to the U.S. and experienced racism in a school environment where I, and so many others from communities of color, could not bring their full selves to campus. My connection to the past and seeing the oppression and lack of acceptance that so many experience is why I do what I do. I joined the foundation to advance racial justice and policy in a meaningful way.

How would you describe your role?

I bring a quantitative data analytics background that puts communities in the center of developing policy, strategy, and results. As a young person in philanthropy, my goal is to support youth as the future of the movement for a just and equitable society for communities of color.

Are you active in any volunteer activities?

I’m a member of Lacuna Giving Circle, Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). I also volunteer as Mobile Test Unit HIV Counselor with the San Francisco Community Health Center.

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