Elizabeth Kim, MPP

Elizabeth Kim, MPP

Elizabeth Kim, MPP

Elizabeth grew up in Marietta, Georgia and is the proud daughter of Korean immigrants who operate a small dry cleaning business. Currently a Masters in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School, Elizabeth seeks to steward the privileges she has been blessed with in service of marginalized communities, particularly refugees and migrant workers. Elizabeth cultivated her interest in global human rights issues at Yale University, where she earned her B.A. in 2011. After graduating from Yale, Elizabeth traveled to Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar. She researched the experiences of exploited Indonesian domestic workers in Amman. She also worked with the International Organization for Migration as they received Syrian nationals fleeing the Syrian Civil War. Through her time in Jordan, Elizabeth realized the extreme vulnerability that refugees and migrants experience to another form of violence — human trafficking. She was then inspired to join Polaris, an anti-human trafficking non-profit based in Washington, D.C. At Polaris, she helped launch the organization’s first strategic initiative to combat trafficking of women in the U.S. massage industry. Elizabeth is interested in economic empowerment initiatives, social entrepreneurship and public-private partnership models for change, and cancer-related research. She loves spending time with people in community, journaling in coffee shops, “POP Pilates,” and being challenged to grow in her faith.