Kim and her husband, Jon Cook, settled in Portland in 2001. They have three sons, who attend Longfellow Elementary and soon their oldest son will attend Lincoln Middle School. Kim is an attorney and for the past decade has focused her practice on government and community relations working mainly with nonprofit and public sector clients in the areas of health care, agriculture and affordable housing.

Kim has been an active member of her community over the past 15 years. She currently serves on the Board of Creative Portland, which runs First Friday Art Walks, among other programs, and on the Board of the Deering Center Neighborhood Association. For the past six years, she has been an active member of the Longfellow PTO. Kim previously served on the Portland Zoning Board of Appeals, the Land Bank Commission and the city’s Homeless Shelter Planning Taskforce.

Before moving to Portland in 2001, Kim lived in Denver, Colorado where she held a number of positions including as a full-time Aide to a Denver City Councilwoman and as a research associate at a nonprofit environmental law firm. She was active in her community serving on the Board of Directors of the Washington Street Community Center and as a leader of a citizens group working for the cleanup and redevelopment of the Shattuck Superfund site in south Denver.

Kim received her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2004. While in law school she served as an editor of the Maine Law Review and received a Faculty Significant Achievement Award upon graduation. She has a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Unity College.

Kim grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Her father was a truck driver and her mother retired from the AT&T/Lucent Technologies plant in North Andover, Massachusetts, with over 40 years of service, the same plant that her grandmother also retired from with over 40 years of service. She is grateful that her family instilled in her the importance of getting an education and is proud to be a first generation college graduate.