Master of City Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Geography and International Political Economy, University of Washington – Seattle
Community Economic Development, Gentrification Policy, Digital Geographies & Visualization, Smart Cities
Ms. Kim is the Civic Data Manager for Reinvestment Fund’ Policy Solutions group. In this role she maintains and improves department data infrastructure and practices, and support projects on matters of data – including discovery, curation, analysis, preservation, and visualization.
Previously, she was a Policy Analyst for Policy Solutions, conducting quantitative and qualitative research for topics related to housing, high-quality childcare, place-based public policy interventions, and community social wellbeing. Ms. Kim first joined Policy Solutions as an intern, contributing to the Early Childhood Education Analytics for Philadelphia and Atlanta as well as Limited Supermarket Access (LSA) analysis.
Prior to Reinvestment Fund, Ms. Kim’s research experiences involved gentrification, food systems planning, rural development policies in China, and spatial data management. Ms. Kim has a Master of City Planning from the Weitzman School of Design at University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on community economic development, GIS, and digital geographies, and a Bachelor of Art in Geography and International Political Economy from University of Washington.
The release of 2020 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data provide an opportunity to look at the local mortgage lending environment – trends in loan volume, the kinds of loans being made, where loans are made, how efficiently different groups can access credit, and how key features of originated mortgages vary across different racial groups in Philadelphia.
Reinvestment Fund and its partners – the City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families, Public Health Management Corporation and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – surveyed parents who have used or intend to use childcare in Philadelphia.
Throughout its history, the Pennsylvania’s HEMAP has received great acclaim for its design and impact. HEMAP is a program that was designed to provide temporary assistance to families who, through not fault of their own, were seriously delinquent with their home mortgage. Reinvestment Fund released a Research Brief titled “What if Pennsylvania Had Not Had HEMAP?” in 2012. At the time, Pennsylvania, like much of the United States, was climbing out of the throes of one of the most significant recessions in our nation’s history.