John J-H Kim was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Social Enterprise Initiative of the General Management Group of the Harvard Business School in July 2011. He also serves as a core faculty member of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a joint project of HBS and HGSE. He continues to serve as the CEO of The District Management Council, an organization that partners with public school district leaders to improve student outcomes, operational efficiency and financial effectiveness.
As a Senior Lecturer, Mr. Kim will be teaching the second year elective course Entrepreneurship in Education Reform.
Since starting The District Management Council (DMC) in 2004, he and his teams have supported numerous school districts around the country with efforts related to strategic planning, special education, human capital, and stakeholder engagement. He is also the founding editor of The District Management Journal, a publication which provides actionable insights related to leading and managing public school districts.
Previously, Mr. Kim was the founding CEO of Chancellor Beacon Academies, Inc., a school management company that grew to serve more than 20,000 students. He was president of Kaplan Learning Services, the K-12 division of Kaplan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. Mr. Kim joined Kaplan when it purchased Crimson & Brown Associates, a firm he co-founded to assist companies identify and hire candidates of color.
Additionally, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and also served as an Executive Vice President of Rakuten, Inc (JASDAQ: 4755), a comprehensive internet service company.
Mr. Kim currently serves on the National Governing Board of BELL, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youths, the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) at Phillips Academy, Andover, and was also on the founding board of the Boston Collegiate Charter School.
Mr. Kim received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.