Julia Kim joined the Local Government Commission in March 2015 as a Project Manager on the Climate and Energy Team. Julia serves as the coordinator for the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), working with ARCCA member regions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Capital Region, Sierra Nevada, Los Angeles Region and San Diego Region to advance adaptation policies and initiatives statewide. She also manages the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), providing resources, best practices, and networking opportunities to support local governments to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities. Julia also supports the CivicSpark program, a Governor’s Inivitative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity of local governments to better respond to climate change, as the Southern California Area Lead and communications and marketing lead. She brings an array of skills to the team, from strategic planning to web design, and enjoys convening leaders and stakeholders from across the state to advance sustainability and build resilience in local communities.
Julia also serves on the board of two environmental nonprofits – the Women’s Environmental Network and EarthTeam. Prior to joining the Local Government Commission, Julia worked at several nonprofits in the Bay Area, including an energy efficiency and youth training nonprofit, and a solar energy start-up. Julia has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy, and an MPP in Environmental Policy and International Security and Economic Policy, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. In her free time, she plays keyboard, drums and guitar, and enjoys hiking, biking and practicing yoga.