Grace Kim is a marketing executive with experience building exceptional brands in the Tech, Consumer Products, and Education space. Grace has more than 15 years of leadership experience at companies such as Allergan, ConAgra, Yahoo!, and a proven track record of building and leading successful teams to drive big results. Her experience includes managing teams of 25+, budgets of $40MM, and responsibility for $500MM brands. Grace holds an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
Grace and her husband started the foundation as a tribute to their son Dragon Kim, a bright and talented teenager. Dragon died tragically during a family camping trip when a tree branch fell on his tent in the middle of the night. The branch killed Dragon and one of his friends. Dragon believed all kids deserved opportunities to grow and learn and strived to serve his community by helping give others the access to a bright future. The ultimate goal of the Dragon Kim Foundation is to carry on Dragon’s legacy of sharing his passions of academics, arts, and athletics with those around him, particularly youth who would otherwise not have access to such programs. At the Dragon Kim Foundation, they believe we are each most effective when we are engaged and excited and pursuing and sharing our passions. They believe not only in the power of ideas, but in the magic of taking action. They also believe the path to a better world is grounded in service and helping one another. Their biggest accomplishment has been the tremendous growth of their programs since their launch in 2015. During the Music Program’s inaugural year at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2016, they served 65 low-income children from elementary schools throughout Santa Ana and provided music mentorship opportunities to 30 high school students. Today, the Music Program serves 110 low-income elementary-aged children annually, as well as engages over 40 high school students to serve as music mentors.