Margie Kim joined The Trust for Public Land in 2010 as its chief philanthropy officer, building upon a 28-year, successful record in human services, higher education, and conservation. She is responsible for planning and leading the organization’s first national campaign, The Power of Place, a $450+ million effort that completed in 2016.
Prior to joining The Trust for Public Land, Margie was the director of philanthropy for the Asia-Pacific Region of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Based in Hong Kong, she worked with TNC programs in China, Mongolia, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. Margie was involved in planning the Conservancy’s successful $1 billion Campaign for a Sustainable Planet and raised private funds to support conservation work in the Asia-Pacific region. During her six years at The Nature Conservancy, she also served as the deputy director of development for TNC California.
Previously, Margie served as vice president for the West Region of the National Audubon Society and director of development for Audubon California for four years. While at Audubon, she did volunteer work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s population monitoring study of marbled murrelets in the Tongass National Forest.
Before entering the field of conservation, Margie was at the University of California, Los Angeles, for ten years, serving as the director of development for the humanities, raising private funds for endowed chairs, graduate fellowships, and faculty research projects. During this time, she was also the director of the Letters and Science Fund, which included responsibility for the annual College of Letters and Science Awards Gala.
Prior to her fundraising career, she was a planner at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where she worked with youth and family agencies in East Los Angeles, Watts and Compton. She also conducted an Asian/Pacific Islander health and human service needs assessment on ten different ethnic communities (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian, Laos, Vietnamese, Thai, Pilipino, Samoan, Tongan).
A native Californian, Margie received both her BA in linguistics/psychology and MSW with a concentration in community planning from UCLA.