P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Jin Kim, 2003

Founder and Managing Partner, Lincoln Square Partners

Jin Kim is a New American

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA in Business at Harvard University

PJ Kim received the PD Soros Fellowship in 2003 when it was a lot less competitive, during a kinder, simpler time. He is the founder and Managing Partner at Lincoln Square Partners, focusing on leadership development, talent assessment, organizational due diligence, and performance coaching. Previously, he led commercial due diligence projects at Parthenon-EY and served clients in numerous industries and nonprofit organizations at McKinsey & Company. He was also CEO of New York Needs You: a nonprofit that helps first generation college students transfer from community colleges and enter competitive careers, and the Executive Director at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy: an urban policy think tank founded by Dr. Martin Luther King’s advisors during the Civil Rights era. PJ also led the country's largest free tax preparation campaign by serving 43,000 low-income New Yorkers with $80 million in refunds with the Earned Income Tax Credit and was part of the start-up team of SingleStop USA, an ambitious national campaign to return $1 billion in benefits and services for low-income families. During a window of impetuous and idealistic fervor in his early adulthood, he ran a spirited but unsuccessful campaign for New York City Council and earned the endorsement of the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Citizen’s Union, and DC-37: NYC’s largest municipal workers’ union. He received a MBA and MPA from Harvard and his undergraduate degree from Princeton, where he served as President of the Undergraduate Student Government. He has served on several Boards, including the Princeton University Board of Trustees, the Korean American League for Civic Action, and the Council for Urban Professionals. He was born in South Korea and attended public schools in Louisiana and Tennessee. PJ married way out of his league to his beautiful wife Jayne; they have 3 daughters and live in NYC. 

Education
  • MPA Urban Politics | Harvard University 2006
  • MBA Business | Harvard University 2006
  • BS Public Policy and International Affairs | Princeton University 2001
Work History
  • Lincoln Square Partners, Founder and Managing Partner
  • Single Stop USA, VP for Programs
  • Parthenon-EY, Senior Consultant
  • Green Peak Partners, Principal
  • The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, Executive Director
  • FoodChange, Director of Income Policy
  • America Needs You, CEO
  • McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst
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