Co-Founder of Grades of Green and Associate Director at Los Angeles Waterkeeper
Kim is the Associate Director of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW), her oldest and dearest client as an environmental lawyer, where she is helping them work towards better watershed management and the protection of water quality in the Los Angeles region. Kim’s prior 25+ environmental legal career included consulting other environmental groups, foundations and tribes on advocacy, funding, and enforcement of environmental laws pertaining to climate change, the protection of water quality, air, endangered species, and mitigation of the environmental impacts of land use projects. Noteworthy successes include developing and managing the Revolving Litigation Fund, the Water for Fish Fund, and the Climate Litigation Fund for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; representing the Orange County Coastkeeper against The Irvine Company to successfully protect Crystal Cove’s Area of Special Biological Significance from the Newport Coast development; representing the Ventura Coastkeeper to protect water quality and indigenous rights in a proposed Ahmanson Ranch development, and representing the Friends of the Los Angeles River to ensure prospective developments along the LA River had best practices in watershed management.
Kim is the proud Co-Founder of Grades of Green, an environmental education nonprofit that has inspired and empowered over 600,000 students in 700 schools across 47 states and 27 countries to care for the environment. She currently serves on their Board of Advisors, the Board of Advisors of Seventh Generation Advisors, the Manhattan Beach Environmental Task Force, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s Green Council, the South Bay Cares Environmental Committee, and the American Martyrs Earth Cares organization. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Clean Air, the Legal Advisory Committee for Heal the Bay, the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, and the Editorial Boards of several environmental legal publications.
Combining her environmental legal and education experience, Kim’s blog, Everyday Eco-Habits for Everyday People, provides one simple action every month that “everyday people” can adopt to live a little greener.