Kim Tran is an author, activist, and consultant. Her work meets at the intersection of race, queerness, and the radical imagination required for liberatory social change. For over a decade, she has worked with a wide range of clients in achieving their social justice and equity goals. Her partners have included national non-profits, leading academic institutions, and purpose-driven companies. Kim’s professional impact mirrors her personal commitment to political education, labor and community organizing, and radical publishing.
Kim began her career as a youth advocate for LGBTQ youth in her hometown. Since the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014 and the surge of anti-Asian violence in 2019, she has trained thousands of community members on uprooting anti-Blackness in their families and non-police alternatives to community safety. Kim is currently writing a book titled We Could Be: Justice After Allyship about the eight-billion dollar Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion industry and its messy role in the ongoing fight for freedom.
Kim’s commentary on race, society, and abolition has been featured in NPR, Slate, and the New York Times, and her writing has been featured in Vice, Harper’s Bazaar, and Teen Vogue. Kim holds a doctorate in Ethnic Studies with an Emphasis in Gender and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley.