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Nicole Kim

Policy Analyst

She, Her, Hers


I am part of the team that monitors child welfare systems operating under federal consent decrees. I also work on the Youth Thrive initiative, which seeks to better support the development and well-being of youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

I do this work because

I am dedicated to strengthening families and addressing the systemic and structural inequalities that many families face within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

I am most proud of

My years as a foster mother and caseworker working to reunite families in Texas.

Work History

  • Intern, Center for the Study of Social Policy

  • Clinical Research Assistant, Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab, Columbia University

  • Caseworker, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños

Education and Awards

  • BA, Music Performance and Pre-Health Studies, University of Notre Dame

  • MSSW, Policy Practice with Children, Youth, and Families, Columbia University

  • Citation of Merit Award, University of Notre Dame

  • Accelerated Policy Program Fellow, Columbia University

When the day is done

I enjoy tutoring elementary students, listening to and performing music, and baking anything with chocolate chips.