With his election in November 2012, Ron Kim became the first Korean-American ever elected to the New York State Legislature. After spending his adult life in public service, Ron is committed to delivering real results for the community he has called home since the age of 7. Ron began his career in public service in then-Councilmember John C. Liuís office, focusing on quality-of-life issues in his beloved downtown Flushing community. Ron moved on to become an aide to then-State Assemblyman Mark Weprin. Following his work in Assemblyman Weprinís office, Ron joined the New York City Department of Buildings, followed by the Department of Small Business Services. In 2004, Ron was accepted into the National Urban Fellows Program, advising the Chief Education Office of the Chicago Public Schools and simultaneously earned his Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. In 2006, Ron joined the staff of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as a Policy Analyst, writing and examining legislation on issues related to transportation, infrastructure, and economic development. From 2007 through 2010, Ron served as a Regional Director for Government and Community Affairs in the administrations of Governors Eliot Spitzer and David A. Paterson, where he collaborated and worked with a varied group of state agencies, elected officials, and community organizations. After leaving the Governorís office, Ron joined The Parkside Group, where he advocated on behalf of children with special needs, small business, and vulnerable New Yorkers. Raised in Flushing, Queens, Ron graduated from the Riverdale Country Day School in 1997, earned his B.A. from Hamilton College, and a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. Recently married, Ron resides in Flushing with his wife, Xilou Alison Tan.