Kim H. Tran2023-2024 UChicago Obama Scholars
Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Chicago State University
Moreno Valley, CA
Pioneering a more thoughtful model for comprehensive economic development to drive holistic investments into historically underserved neighborhoods towards inclusive prosperity.
Kim H. Tran serves as operations lead and senior advisor to the President of Chicago State University, the only U.S. Department of Education-designed four-year predominantly Black institution in Illinois. Kim has played a key role in the university’s revitalization as a community anchor institution for the far south side of Chicago, resulting in significant public and private investments returning to the neighborhood. With a focus on education equity, Kim led statewide public policy proposals and forged strategic partnerships to address systemic challenges to community investment. Through the Scholars program, Kim plans to pioneer a thoughtful model for comprehensive economic development that will drive holistic investments into historically underserved neighborhoods.