Maria Kim

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Maria Kim


President, REDF


After 13 years in insurance, Maria Kim joined Cara – uplifting people experiencing poverty through the power of hope, jobs, and opportunity. Cara has helped people secure over 10,000 jobs, with permanent placements at retention rates over 20 points higher than national norms, and with 80% of employed participants pivoting from homelessness to permanent housing in which their families can thrive. Maria serves on the boards of EPIC Academy and Rebuilding Exchange, is a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, a 2018 Vital Voices Global Ambassador, and served as a co-chair within Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s 2019 transition team. Maria holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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