After 13 years in the insurance industry (with her last position leading the technology division for a $400m insurance firm), in 2005 Maria Kim joined Cara – a workforce development and leadership development organization helping men and women affected by poverty to secure and sustain quality employment.  As CEO, she is charged with the oversight of Cara’s strategic plan to create or secure 3,500 jobs over five years, through two training campuses, and multiple social enterprises designed to drive jobs for the most difficult to employ, while building diversified revenue for the firm.

Maria serves on Governor Rauner’s 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory Committee and her social purpose experience includes past board leadership at Horizons for Youth, and her current role as a Founding Board Member for the EPIC Academy, a charter high school in South Chicago.  Maria also serves on the boards of Rebuilding Exchange and Chicago Women in Philanthropy. She was a fellow for Leadership Greater Chicago’s Class of 2008, served on the board for the Leadership Fellows Association in 2009 and 2010, was a 2012 American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a 2013 TEDxMidwest Emerging Leader. Maria received her MBA through the Executive MBA Program of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.