SmartOakland Leadership Announces Ramy Kim as First Executive Director

Baram (Ramy) Kim recently moved to Oakland from Boston where she worked on her Masters degrees in Medical Clinical Sciences and Public Health at Boston University.

We met Ramy at City Camp Oakland 2017, which is a unconference affiliated with Code for America, where you don't know if anyone will come to the workshop you just pitched let alone who might show up to the room you're assigned to use to carry your pitch for action forward.

She was one attendee who responded to our challenge join us to share resources, expertise, technology and policy to address lead poisoning found in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland.

The question and challenge we pitched was:

"Should zip code determine life expectancy?"

The resounding answer was NO and people came to see what they could do to step up and take action with what they have. 

Now, thanks to Ramy, and so many others who've stepped up to join her, and us, we're happy to announce SmartOakland is growing and she has accepted our request for her to lead the organization with a major focus on Public Health, as the Executive Director.

You will be hearing a lot more from Ramy very soon.  And get ready, because you're going to learn a lot and feel relieved that there are answers and we do have ways to do something about the lead poisoning issues in Oakland and in every city where this situation still exists.

Welcome Ramy!


Stephanie Hayden