San Francisco and Vientiane, June 11, 2014 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Nancy Y. Kim to Country Coordinator in Laos effective June 1, 2014. In this capacity, she will oversee a portfolio of projects focusing on access to justice, women’s economic and social empowerment, and community-based environmental protection.
Previously, Ms. Kim served as the Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in China. In partnership with the Country Representative, she managed an office of 20 staff, an annual budget of $5-6 million, and a portfolio of more than 20 projects per year in the areas of government accountability, rule of law, civil society, environmental protection, and empowerment of migrant women and other disadvantaged persons. In particular, Ms. Kim led China office efforts to more effectively and systematically monitor and evaluate program results. She has also shared her knowledge with the broader international development community through delivery of trainings and presentations on M&E for partner organizations, donors, and practitioners.
From 2006 to 2009, as Assistant Director and Technical Writer for the Public Sector Development Services Unit at the Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco, she traveled throughout Asia to assist country offices design and develop new programs related to local governance, legal reform, and women’s empowerment.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Kim worked at Chemonics (Asia division) in Washington, DC, where she gained extensive programming experience by managing and implementing programs focusing on “Women and Development” and “Legal and Institutional Reform.” Other experience includes work as the Ambassador’s speechwriter at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and emerging markets research at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London.
Nancy Kim holds a master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Political Economy from The Johns Hopkins University.