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Ian Kim works at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights as Director of the ""Green-Collar Jobs Campaign"". He coordinates a coalition that advocates for policies in the city of Oakland to create ""green-collar"" jobs (quality jobs in industries like renewable energy, alternative fuel, and green building), especially for low-income young adults and those with barriers to employment. Ian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, and has a background in communications, media strategy and Internet-based organizing. Ian successfully led a campaign for the City of Oakland to fund an Oakland Green Jobs Corps training program, and helped craft key portions of the federal Green Jobs Act (authorizing funding for green job training demonstration programs nationwide), which passed the House of Representatives in August 2007. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights runs cutting-edge, solutions-driven campaigns for justice, peace and opportunity in our cities. The Green-Collar Jobs Campaign works to leverage the explosive growth of the new green economy to provide pathways out of poverty in struggling urban communities, starting with Oakland, CA. Ian and his wife, Sunjung, are often laughing at the antics of their two-year-old daughter, Minju.Ian is a fellow of the first class of the Catto Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.