Kris Kim

Executive Vice President and Operating Officer, Eastern Division and Interim Corporate Relationships and Alliances Lead

Kris Kim is the executive vice president and operating officer for the Eastern Division, which serves communities in New York and New Jersey.

As EVP and operating officer, Kris is the Eastern Division's senior-most staff executive, driving development and implementation of the Society's mission and income strategies across two states, and engaging corporate executives, high-level donors, and leadership volunteers in furthering the fight against cancer. Under her leadership, the Division serves cancer patients and caregivers; engages thousands of volunteers to support community-based programs; inspires and equips hundreds of companies to provide healthy workplaces; and raises $60 million annually to help more people stay well and get well, to find cures, and to fight back against cancer.

In addition to her duties as EVP, Kris served as an inaugural member of the nationwide Enterprise Leadership Team, the senior-most leadership structure responsible for setting priorities and the budget. She is also a member of the Strategic Multicultural Marketing Initiative.

Under Kris' leadership as former senior vice president and chief operating officer, the Eastern Division saw growth in its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walks and Relay For Life® events, despite a weak economy. On the mission side, she increased direct referrals to the Society by expanding patient navigation in health systems serving the underserved. And she led the Eastern Division to become the first Division in the country to reach its CPS-3 recruitment goal – six months ahead of schedule.

Prior to her role as COO, Kris led the New York Metro super region as executive vice president. She joined the American Cancer Society in 1999 as senior vice president for communications and marketing for that region. Building a department from scratch, she created an integrated media relations and marketing strategy for increasing public awareness of the Society's work.

Before joining the American Cancer Society, Kris had an accomplished career in journalism and nonprofit and political communications. Immediately prior, she was associate vice president for communications at Planned Parenthood New York City. She is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University, and resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Erik and their twin sons.