Sylvia Kim is an award-winning human rights lawyer and multilingual non-profit executive with over 12 years of experience in rights-based advocacy, community leadership, strategic planning and fundraising. Most recently, Sylvia was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Asian Pacific Community Fund and Founding Director of the country’s first National Asian American Community Foundation. Her success in these roles was recognized by Coast Magazine who named her as one of Orange County’s 2019 ‘Game Changers’.
Sylvia’s latest ventures have been in the intersection of AI and healthcare and leveraging technology for good. As Managing Director of the Koa Accel Venture Fund, she is passionate about the Koa Accel vision of investing in early stage medical devices to turn life-saving ideas into vibrant commercial ventures.
Sylvia has also been featured in the LA times, NPR, ABC News, the OC Register and the New York Times and has been recognized for her advocacy work by local, national international agencies including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Best Under 40), the International Association of Korean Lawyers (Public Interest award), the Orange County Bar Association (Courage Award for Diversity & Inclusion) and the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Sylvia received her Bachelor’s degree at Queen’s University, her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (LL.M. equivalent) at Oxford University.