Impact is built and driven by leaders who feel a responsibility and duty to improve our civic life and discourse. They come from various backgrounds with differing views and perspectives but all share the common bond that objective analysis, open minds, and hard work are the key ingredients to progress.

Somi Kim

At Google, Somi partners with researchers to define, procure, and refine data requirements to fulfill machine learning model needs across visual and audio recognition projects. Previously she worked at Bridgewater, managing operations for the Daily Observations and special projects in the Research department. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government where she was the Student Director for DREAM, a student led non-profit organization focused on village based mentorship. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, and cooking.

Who is a real life hero of yours?
My grandfather was a community leader in Los Angeles who worked tirelessly to help bring and place Korean immigrants, often opening up the family home to these families until they were able to get jobs and settle into their new lives. The house was never quiet for sure!

My ideal future world includes…
Popularizing the nursing home combined with childcare model, “intergenerational programming,” that focuses on combating isolation and loneliness that members of our senior population often face. See articles HERE and HERE.

What do you think some of the most pressing problems we face are?
I worry about a lot of things! But the problems that keep me up at night are climate change/environmental issues, the ever widening socioeconomic gap, and knowledge misinformation.