Kim's 30+ year career began in 1981 as a U.S. Forest Service student volunteer wilderness ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California. Kim worked as a field agent conducting investigations of timber theft, arson, illegal marijuana cultivation, archeological resource protection violations, and a variety of other resource investigations. She then ventured into management, attaining a staff position in Washington D.C. and ultimately becoming the Deputy Director for the Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigations program.
In 2003, she accepted a position with the Department of the Interior as the Assistant Director, Law Enforcement Division, Office of Law Enforcement and Security. Under her leadership, the division was responsible for developing policy, managing Department-wide cross-cutting law enforcement issues, assisting bureaus in developing their programs, and supporting the Office of the Secretary.
She was appointed as the Director for the Office of Law Enforcement and Security in July 2006. This broadened her responsibilities beyond law enforcement to include homeland security, intelligence, and emergency management; she continued with all of these mission areas until February 2010 when she was asked to assume the Department’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary – Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Management position. This role further expanded her responsibilities for Departmental oversight of the law enforcement, security, emergency management, intelligence, and wildland fire functions. In August 2010, she was appointed to the position permanently.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management and a minor degree in Criminal Justice. Kim is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security – Executive Leadership Program and the Harvard JFK School of Government – Senior Executive Fellows Program. Kim retired on December 31, 2015 and resides in Northern Virginia.