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Roger Kim

Roger Kim works at Democracy Alliance. Lives in Oakland, California. Married to Tina Kim.



Studied at University of California, Los Angeles

Democracy Alliance

In 2016 Roger Kim, was Senior Strategy and Planning Officer, Climate Democracy Alliance.

Roger Kim is Senior Advisor at the Democracy Alliance, where he leads the Democracy Alliance’s strategy on climate change and directs the Climate Equity Action Fund.

Roger brings extensive experience working in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors on environmental and social justice issues. He is Executive Director of the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, a philanthropic fund focused on building community-based power on climate change in communities of color. Previously, Roger was Senior Advisor to the Mayor of San Francisco where he was responsible for issues related to climate change, energy, and the environment, and also served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. As Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), he led community-driven campaigns resulting in billions of dollars of investments to implement climate solutions in California’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods and founded APEN Action to educate and mobilize Asian American voters in California. Roger also worked for the San Francisco Foundation, Global Green USA, and currently serves on the board of directors of the League of Conservation Voters and Climate Mayors. Among his honors include the Public Health Institute’s Change Champion Award and the Gerbode Foundation Fellowship.[1]

"Beyond Resistance: Reclaiming our Progressive Future"


Beyond Resistance: Reclaiming our Progressive Future was a November 15, 2017 gathering of the Democracy Alliance. How to Make Climate Progress In the Age of Denial

Climate change is not a problem for the future-it is here now. taking lives and devastating communities, as evidenced by this year's series of extreme weather disasters. Even with the facts of climate science on our side. the climate movement has struggled to break the vice grip of industry and entrenched interests blocking climate progress. but more frequent climate·driven disasters have raised the stakes and urgency of climate change to a broader public. With action on climate obstructed at the national level. building a powerful and diverse grassroots climate movement and bold political leadership at the state and local level are more important than ever, and there are clear signs of progress.

Democracy Alliance Senior Strategy & Planning Officer and Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund Director Roger Kim will lead a discussion with Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo (FL-5040), Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson, New Florida Majority Executive Director Andrea Mercado, and University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Hahrle Han on groundbreaking strategies to strengthen the movement by addressing social and racial justice, new opportunities to build political power and leadership, and innovative climate and clean energy campaigns that improve people's everyday lives.[2]

Opposing Proposition 54

Second generation Korean Americans have begun educational outreach work for the Korean community to oppose Proposition 54, in 2003. Many civic organizations are voicing their opposition to Proposition 54 which prohibits classification of any individual by race, ethnicity, color or national origin.

Three young Korean Americans -- Roger Kim (San Francisco Foundation, Fellow), Ed Lee (Californians for Justice, Campaign Manager), Dong Suh (Asian Health Services, Policy Director) -- explained why they oppose Proposition 54 and urged Korean Americans voters to parcipate in the election.

Poposition 54 was initiated by Ward Connelly, chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, and prohibits public institutions and all organizations including schools and hospitals from classifying information about individuals according to race, ethnicity, color or national origin.

Ed Lee said, "We need demographic information to address particular experiences a racial group might have in areas of health, education and employment, and it's an important tool to stop racial discrimination and inequality." Lee explained, "If this proposition passes, racial discimination will become worse, and we won't be able to provide services that people of color need."

Dong Suh, who pointed out that the passage of the proposition will have negative consequences in areas of healthcare, said, "Demographic information has allowed us to develop special health policies for Koreans, Chinese and other Asians who are at a higher risk for Hepatitis B." He emphasized, "If this proposition passes, we will not have access to this kind of information and it will be difficult to prevent diseases for minority groups."

Roger Kim said, "We need basic data to figure out what policies are needed for Korean Americans, and we will do our best to educate Korean American voters about the facts of this proposition."

Korean American organizations who have voiced their opposition to Proposition 54 are the Korean Community Center of East Bay (KCCEB), and Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA) and Korean Resource Center (KRC) of Los Angeles.

Proposition 54 was initially scheduled for the ballot next March, but was moved to October 7 because of the California governor recall election.

Reporter: Kyong-suk Lee Translated by: Judy Han.[3]

"Axis of Evil?"

Friday April 18, 2003, "Axis of Evil?"

Socialist Action Bookstore, 3425 Cesar Chavez (between Mission and Valencia) San Francisco.

Korea Solidarity Committee

Roger Kim, left, Jihye Chun, right
Judy Han, center Roger Kim, right

March 2003: the Korea Solidarity Committee organized the "North Korea Demystified" community forum. Speakers: Judy Han, Roger Kim, Jihye Chun.

May 2003:Roger Kim, Judy Han and Christine Ahn were members of the Korea Solidarity Committee who published in War Times, May 2003 "U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Crisis Intensifies"

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;

CPA 40th anniversary

On August 4th 2012 to celebrate Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)'s 40th Anniversary. CPA was proud to honor the National Guestworkers Alliance and New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, the Free MUNI for Youth Coalition, and Jobs with Justice San Francisco.

Host Committee:

Rolland Lowe and Kathy LoweGrace Lee BoggsJosue Arguelles • Supervisor John AvalosAngelica Cabande • Supervisor David CamposMike Casey • Supervisor David ChiuAntonio Diaz • Reverend Norman FongConny FordMaria GuillenAlicia GarzaRoger Kim • Supervisor Jane KimHelen KimJee KimMario Lugay • Supervisor Eric MarGordon MarAlisa MesserLuke Newton • Supervisor Christina OlagueVincent PanTim PaulsonAi-jen PooRaquel RedondiezPeggy SaikaShiree TengMakani Themba-NixonHelena WongMiya Yoshitani[5]


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  2. [file:///C:/Users/Trevor/Downloads/364654492-Democracy-Alliance-Fall-Investment-Conference-Agenda%20(2).pdf]
  3. [Korea Central Daily San Francisco Edition Page A-2 8/21/2003]
  4. Priorities Campaign website, initiating signers, accessed September 1, 2011
  5. Chinese Progressive Association, Together We Move Mountains :: Celebrating Generations of Change