Paula Kim supports the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s research needs, providing analysis of the latest evidence-based studies on issues related to social, emotional, and academic development in K-12 education. She most recently worked at Georgetown University, where she provided individual and program-level support to first generation college students in the Georgetown Scholarship Program. Kim also served as the education project advisor on a Cornell University-based team that sought to support earthquake recovery efforts in rural Nepal. Before moving into the education research and policy space, Kim taught in elementary and middle schools – particularly low-income or migrant students – in rural South Korea, India, and Peru. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, as well as her master’s degree in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.