Kim Vu-Dinh is an attorney specializing in community development using Federal funding, through her consulting firm, Community Capacity Consulting. Her work has been focused on distressed New Orleans neighborhoods, such as Central City, the Lower Ninth Ward, Treme and New Orleans East, and she has been part of a number of for- and non-profit development teams to create apartments and homes of Green Communities and LE-ED construction quality. She also has experience working in Vietnam with rural development projects nationwide.
Kim moved to New Orleans in 2010 from Alaska where she was a public defender and campaign manager, and eventually came into the affordable housing field through a political initiative aimed at creating a statewide affordable housing trust. Her first New Orleans position was working with Harmony Neighborhood Development where she served as one of the lead staff responsible for creating affordable homes for low-income families as part of the redevelopment of the former CJ Peete Public Housing project in the Central City neighborhood. Kim is a graduate of University of California at Berkeley, and the City University School of Law in New York City where she participated in the Economic Justice Program and earned the Pro Bono Service Award of the New York State Bar Association. In her free time, she runs a New Orleans-based independent record label named after her dog and hosts a music-themed speakeasy and podcast program.