Since 2012, Mimi has been the Executive Director of Stand for Children Illinois. Stand is a non-profit advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability.
Under Mimi’s leadership, Stand Illinois has progressed from a start-up operation to a statewide organization that has championed major policy changes, built a robust family engagement and organizing program, and is supported by an active grassroots base. Mimi also chairs Stand’s bi-partisan political action committee.
Recent policy accomplishments include major bills that dismantled structural inequities in the way Illinois funds K-12 education. Stand recently published "Stop Illinois Brain Drain," a report detailing policies and practices to help more high school students graduate ready for college, career training, or careers.
Through partnerships with parents and public schools on the south side of Chicago, Stand Illinois offers family engagement and advocacy opportunities. These include Stand as One (a resilience and well-being initiative), the Home Visit Project (a pilot program building trusting relationships among teachers and parents), Every Child Reads (an early literacy program combating summer learning loss), and the Middle School Kindness Challenge (for safer, stronger school communities).
Mimi serves on Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s Educational Success Committee transition team which is tasked with advising and guiding the incoming Pritzker-Stratton administration. She is a former partner with Kirkland & Ellis and senior counsel for Tribune Company. She has served on the board of several non-profits. Mimi earned her B.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago and J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She and her husband Ben are proud parents of two children. Mimi is the daughter of Korean immigrants.