Meet The Team
Soraya KimChief Innovation Officer
Soraya Kim is the Chief Innovation Officer at the American Center for Mobility, a role in which she leads cutting-edge programs in stakeholder engagement, education, business development, and the funding and investment strategy for ACM. She has negotiated agreements and secured investments, ensuring strategic global partners including AT&T, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Visteon, Subaru, Microsoft, Siemens, Deloitte, and Intertek are engaged and benefitting from ACM’s activities.
Ms. Kim also oversees ACM’s education initiatives and has developed a comprehensive strategy including the creation of an Academic Consortium of 15 colleges and universities. A key signature event under her leadership has been the Career Exploration Day where new cutting-edge CAV technologies are showcased, and companies were connected with prospective talent, both students and veterans.
Recognizing the need to train a workforce for the skillsets of tomorrow, Ms. Kim is diligently working with ACM’s industry and academic partners to identify and develop new curriculum for training. She also recognizes that talent must be cultivated at the K-12 level and is working with STEM partners to offer pilot projects, culminating in a unique and exciting competition at ACM.
Prior to joining ACM, Ms. Kim was a technology commercialization specialist, advising and supporting startups in validating technologies, developing commercialization strategy, and leading business development efforts through the Global Commercialization Group at IC2 Institute, University of Texas in Austin.
Originally from Toronto, Ms. Kim is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received her JD and LLB from the University of Detroit Mercy and University of Windsor. Specializing in mergers and acquisitions, she worked at the international law firm of McCarthy Tetrault before moving to Michigan to work on a special assignment at GM.
She is active in her community and was the past Vice-Chair of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (appointed by Governor Rick Snyder), the International Cooperation Advisor to Gyeonggi Province in South Korea, and a longtime Board of Director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan, a non-profit that provides legal and housing services to “vulnerable individuals and fragile families”. Ms. Kim is passionate about mentoring, serving those in need, and advancing diversity and inclusion for all.