Esther Kim is a seasoned nonprofit executive and business consultant with nearly 20 years of experience helping organizations thrive and achieve their goals.
Esther is passionate about creating positive social and environmental impact in all that she does. She brings a unique blend of business expertise and social impact experience spanning multiple sectors. Her consulting approach is straightforward, hands-on, analytical, and action-oriented. Yet, she also takes great care to understand and incorporate each client's unique mission, culture, language, and context into her work.
Prior to launching Esther Kim Consulting, Esther served in leadership roles for over 8 years at REDF, a California venture philanthropy organization dedicated to creating jobs and pathways for individuals facing barriers to employment. She led REDF's programs, including strategy, grantmaking, business assistance, managing REDF's first Federal Social Innovation Fund grant, creating tools, and measuring impact of nonprofit-run social enterprises. As part of REDF's executive team, Esther helped lead REDF itself through dramatic growth, including strategic planning, financial management, and hiring skilled talent.
Prior to REDF, Esther spent four years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, with a special focus on energy, environmental, and social sector projects. She also has years of experience as an environmental consultant, including environmental litigation support, EPA program evaluation, and assessing rural electrification projects in the Nepal Himalaya.
Esther holds a Bachelor's degree and two Master's degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in environmental engineering and technology policy. In her spare time, Esther enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, and playing the ukulele. She and her family reside in San Francisco, California.
Esther Kim Consulting LLC is a Certified Local Business Entity (LBE), Micro-LBE, Minority-Owned Business Entity (MBE), Woman-Owned Business of the City and County of San Francisco.
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