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Having met Kim Do on three occasions and observed her at the federation debate, BocaWatch believes Ms. Do has earned the opportunity to be presented to the BocaWatch reader. Below are her credentials. Also in “What’s Boca Saying” Katie Barr drills down on the issues in a video interview with Ms. Do for your review and consideration. Elections are about choices. Elections have consequences. In this election, Kim Do suggests that she will ‘do’ good things if elected to Seat C, Boca Raton City Council.
Al Zucaro, Publisher
Kim Do – Do Great for Boca
Candidate for City Council (Seat C)
Kim Do is a living testament of the American dream: Work hard – Achieve. Kim Do will Do Great for Boca!
Kim first arrived in the US as a teenager in 1983, after surviving the fall of Saigon and living several years under communist regime. Together with her mother and grandparents, she and 3 siblings shared a tiny apartment. Looking back, she herself marvels at how all 7 of them got along peacefully with one single bathroom!
Kim was always a serious student, graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. In the same summer, she passed all 4 parts of the certified public accountant (CPA) exam. Kim earned her JD at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also obtained a tax law degree at Georgetown University Law Center.
Kim lived and worked in Washington DC for many years and continues to hold an active Washington DC Bar license as of today.
Kim returned to Vietnam and worked for many multinationals in Saigon. One of her positions was in-house counsel for Mekong Capital, a private equity fund with great success investing in many fast-growing enterprises. Subsequently, Kim Do became Head of Legal and Compliance for Eastspring Investments in Vietnam (subsidiary of Prudential Plc of the UK), which managed over $2 billion in investments. For several years, Kim was on investment committees for multiple asset classes including stock and bonds, private equity, and real estate. Her responsibilities also included implementing world-class standards of ethics & corporate governance. The position gave her deep experience in interacting effectively with multiple stakeholders, including government, cross-functional and cross-culture teams.
More recently, like many other young families, Kim brought her family to Boca Raton based in part on the schools’ outstanding reputation. Her two children attend Boca Raton Community Middle School. To their dismay, they lose 1.5 hours per day commuting to and from school compared to the previous school district (which was also “A” rated). School overcrowding — a serious problem now in Boca Raton at all levels from elementary, middle, through high schools — is part of the driving force pushing Kim to run for city council. She supports bringing back the Education Advisory Board that was disbanded, and is committed to help create and expedite solutions to maintain our schools’ superior quality for our children.
Quality of life is top of mind for many for Boca Raton residents including Kim Do. Having lived in several metropolitan cities, she believes in smart growth. Kim believes in a delicate but achievable balance to build Boca Raton in a way that would be economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable, protecting our city’s iconic beaches for current and future generations.
As South Florida is more prone to hurricanes than many other areas of our nation, Kim will work to strengthen disaster preparedness, relief and post-disaster redevelopment. This will improve the ability of Boca Raton residents to better prepare for, cope with, and recover from unfortunate disasters.
Kim Do enjoys art, traveling, reading and writing. She authored the Amazon.com bestseller Lean In Like a Queen, a biography of the last queen of Vietnam who was exceptionally motivated and civic-minded ahead of her time.
Kim and her children, Maxine and David, feel so blessed and commit to build their home in this beautiful coastal city. While acknowledging that she is a relatively newcomer to Boca Raton, Kim believes her global perspective, in combination with other council members’ long time local knowledge, would be an asset rather than liability. Kim Do will bring to the table her expertise, experience and passion to help make Boca Raton a world-class city.
Please vote for Kim Do. She will Do Great for Boca !!!