NYU Alumni Connect

July 15, 2015

Photo of Jonathan Kim

The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) represents all NYU alumni, from every NYU school and department—a community nearly half-a-million strong. The diverse and active NYUAA Board of Directors is made up of alumni volunteers who steer the association in their mission to engage and support alumni.  

A member of the NYUAA Board of Directors for two years, Jonathan Kim (SPS ’09) is about to embark on his first term as an officer, and is also a co-chair of the Board’s Fundraising Committee.

Professionally, Kim is the founding principal of Miya Capital, a Real Estate Investment platform where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the platform and its investment activities. Previously, Kim was on the acquisitions team at Hersha Hospitality Trust and consulted and appraised for HVS Global Hospitality Services.

An actively involved alumnus, Kim received a BS in hospitality and tourism management with a concentration in lodging development from NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, and currently serves as a Young Alumni Trustee on NYU’s Board of Trustees. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, a steering committee member of NYU’s Young Alumni Leadership Circle, and a board member of the Tisch Center Alumni Society.

What is your favorite:

  • Food? Cold zaru soba noodles and sushi
  • Book? The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  • TV Show and/or Movie? House of Cards
  • Song and/or Musical Artist? Ellie Goulding
  • Way to spend a Saturday? Golfing and walking my nine-pound Maltese and Poodle mix dog, Nugget Kim.
  • Place to travel? Singapore
  • Place on the NYU campus? Bobst Library

What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU?

The time I spent with the people I met at NYU. I met my wife and my closest friends and business partners while attending NYU.

Why do you give back to NYU?

NYU has given me so much that it only makes sense that I give back to the school. I would not be where I am today without NYU both in my personal life and business career. I consider it my duty to make NYU a better place than when I was a student at the school. In my opinion, education is the single most important factor for equalizing the playing field for every person around the globe, no matter where a person was born and what circumstances he or she grew up with.