***Update! Our original speaker Ana Ma is no longer able to participate in our roundtable series on Thursday, July 21. David Kim will be stepping in to take her place as our featured speaker.***
Speaker David Kim
David S. Kim was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on Feb. 8, 2016, by President Barack Obama and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
In his new role, Kim serves as second-in-command for the 2,800-person agency and plays a leadership role in the agency’s daily operations. He also oversees the agency’s implementation of the recently-enacted “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) and co-chairs the U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group and U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee. Additionally, Kim serves as DOT’s representative on the Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
For five years, Kim served as the FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs in which he was a principal advisor to the Administrator and managed a team of 75 career employees involved in transportation policy development, legislative analysis, highway data collection and analysis, and international programs.
Prior to joining DOT, David spent five years with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) as Deputy Executive Officer, Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. In this capacity, he led the agency’s Government Relations Department and managed federal relations on behalf of one of the largest transit providers in the country.
From 1999 to 2003, David served as Deputy Director in the Washington office of Gov. Gray Davis (D-Calif.) and represented the State of California’s interests before Congress and the executive branch on transportation, water, energy and environmental issues. From 1998 to 1999, Kim worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also spent three years as a Washington representative for the City of Los Angeles.
For a decade, Kim served on the staff of numerous elected officials in Los Angeles, Sacramento and the nation’s capital. He spent five years with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) in various capacities, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of his Sacramento office while Becerra served as a California State Assemblyman. Kim began his public service career as a field representative and administrative assistant to State Senator David Roberti.
A native of Davis, Calif., David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
David resides in Fairfax County, Va., with his wife Julie and two children, Tessa and Jaisohn.
Moderator Tenzen GGT
Tenzin W. GGT is a Tibetan-American, currently working as paralegal at the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC. Tenzin graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with degrees in Social Thought & Political Economy and Chinese Language & Literature. He has been in Washington for two years, beginning as a Summer CAPAL intern at the USDA in 2014. Tenzin was a legislative intern for Senator Bernie Sanders, and has also worked with the International Leadership Foundation and CoraNet Solutions. He is active in the Tibetan-American community and most recently performed in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as one of the dancers for the Capital Area Tibetan Association dance troupe. He hopes to become a lawyer in Washington and is interested in working at the intersection of politics and international business.
More About CAPAL’s AAPI Roundtable Series
The AAPI Roundtable Series provides an informal and intimate space for the public, particularly young AAPI professionals and students, to engage with AAPI leaders in government, policy and nonprofit work. The series is intended to provide a candid perspective on what it means to be AAPI and have a career in public service.
Food provided at this event may contain nuts, dairy, gluten, and other allergens. Vegetarian options will be available.