Kevin D. Kim

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Queens, New York, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materStanford University (B.A., M.A.)
Columbia Law School (J.D.)
Known forPromoting equity and economic self-sufficiency

Kevin D. Kim is an attorney, entrepreneur, and public servant currently serving as the Commissioner for the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Appointed[1] by Mayor Eric Adams, Kim has made significant contributions to the agency's mission of promoting equity, economic self-sufficiency, and mobility for New York City's diverse communities.

Early life and education

Kevin was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended K-12 in Queens and graduated from Townsend Harris High School at Queens College. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees from Stanford University. His academic journey culminated in a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Columbia Law School, where he distinguished himself as a member of the Columbia Law Review[2].

Public service

  • In 2009, he became the first Korean American to win a NYC primary election as a Democratic nominee for a NYC Council seat.[3]
  • Subsequently, he served as the first Asian American commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA), contributing to the regulatory landscape of the state.
  • Currently, Commissioner Kim holds the distinction of being the first Korean-American Member of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he chairs the Audit Committee.


  1. "Transcript: Mayor Adams, SBS Commissioner Kim Kick Off 'Small Business Month' by Announcing $22 Million Saved in Fines, Violations for NYC Small Businesses Since Beginning of Administration". 4 May 2023.
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