Kim is currently the proud Associate Director of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper, which works towards better watershed management and the protection of water quality in the Los Angeles region. LAWaterkeeper has always been near and dear to Kim’s heart, having represented them over her 20+ environmental legal career. Kim has also consulted other environmental groups, foundations and tribes on advocacy, funding, and enforcement of environmental laws pertaining to climate change, the protection of water quality, air, endangered species, and mitigation of the environmental impacts of land use projects. Noteworthy successes include developing and managing the Revolving Litigation Fund, the Water for Fish Fund, and the Climate Litigation Fund for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; representing the Orange County Coastkeeper against The Irvine Company to successfully protect Crystal Cove’s Area of Special Biological Significance from the Newport Coast development; and representing the Ventura Coastkeeper to protect water quality and indigenous rights in a proposed Ahmanson Ranch development.
Kim is a Founder of Grades of Green, an environmental education nonprofit which has inspired and empowered students in 700 schools across 47 states and 27 countries to care for the environment. She currently serves on their Board, the Board of Advisors of Seventh Generation Advisors, the Manhattan Beach Environmental Task Force, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District’s Green Council, the South Bay Cares Environmental Committee, and the American Martyrs Earth Cares organization. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Clean Air, the Legal Advisory Committee for Heal the Bay, the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, and the Editorial Boards of several environmental legal publications.
Combining her environmental legal and education experience, Kim’s blog, Everyday Eco-Habits for Everyday People, provides simple “everyday” actions that “everyday” people can adopt to live a little greener. (kimlewandmartin.com).