Sylvia Kim has always been a rebel.

For Good.

Introducing Sylvia

Sylvia is a tenacious strategist for social change with over 17 years of experience co-founding, launching, and raising capital for mission-driven initiatives. As an award-winning human rights lawyer turned investor, Sylvia has dedicated her career to empowering underserved and underinvested communities. 

Throughout her career, Sylvia has co-founded a human rights organization for North Korean human rights, led the Orange County expansion of Asian Americans Advancing Justice by more than tripling its operational budget, and successfully launched the country’s first National Asian American Community Foundation (now known as Asian American Futures) raising more than $1.1 million within the first 8 months of its inception.

Most recently, Sylvia was a Partner at La Piana Consulting where she led the firm’s growth and innovation efforts and launched a new line of business working with social impact startups and venture capital funds to develop their impact frameworks. Sylvia is also the Founding Partner of a women-led impact fund where she conceived and executed on a mission to unleash the power of technology for good all while securing the fund’s first institutional investor.

Recognized as an expert in rights-based advocacy, strategic planning, and fund development, Sylvia now works at the intersection of private capital markets and social impact to catalyze more capital for good. 

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Sylvia practiced criminal law as both a defense attorney and as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Sylvia received her Bachelor’s Degree at Queen’s University, her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (LL.M. equivalent) at Oxford University.

It is empowered people who empower others

Sylvia Kim

Select Recognitions & Media Appearances

Sylvia has been recognized by local, national, and international agencies for her work and has been regularly featured in the media including outlets such as the NY Times, ABC News, NPR and the LA Times.

Select Publications & Speaking Engagements

Sylvia Kim is available for speaking engagements.