Mirae Kim has joined the Independent Sector as a Visiting Scholar practitioners improve their public policy work, particularly on issues impacting the entire sector. Currently, she is an associate professor of Nonprofit Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Before joining the Schar School, she was a faculty member of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University from 2017 to 2020, and a faculty member of the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri from 2014-2017. She earned her PhD in public management from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Seoul National University in South Korea and was a member of the Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellows Program led by Dr. Peter Frumkin. Her research areas include but not limited to nonprofit financial management, the role of nonprofits in civil society, cultural policy, interorganizational partnerships, and immigrant and BIPOC nonprofit organizations.
Currently, she serves as a co-editor of the Nonprofit Policy Forum. She is also part of the research team that builds the National Survey of Nonprofit Trends and Impacts and the Nonprofit Organization Research Panel Project (NORPP) Manager, both of which aim to improve how we study nonprofit organizations. These projects are funded by various institutions including the Generosity Commission and National Science Foundation. She has been also leading the “Nonprofit Organization Research Panel” project since 2015, which she created to provide valuable information for nonprofit practitioners while producing much needed data for researchers in the nonprofit community. This initiative was inspired by her previous role as a managing editor of the Civic Engagement magazine that seeks to facilitate discourse about public service – and broaden interest in the field.