Steven Kim, MSW
Steven co-founded Project Kinship in 2014 to serve individuals impacted by gangs and incarceration, with the aim to successfully re-integrate them back into our communities. His dedication to breaking cycles of incarceration, gang membership and community violence stems from over 15 years of working with traumatized and abandoned youth throughout Orange County. Steven is highly regarded for his human rights work in the field of forensic social work where he led multi-disciplinary teams to identify early childhood traumas on high-profile-death penalty cases. He is sought out for his expertise on understanding root causes of violence and has facilitated trainings on the state and federal levels of the criminal justice system. He has held teaching appointments with the University of Southern California lecturing on best practices that focus on adolescent gang prevention and intervention strategies. Steven holds a Master degree in Social Work from USC. Contact Steven at



Mary Vu, LCSW
Born to first-generation Vietnamese refugee parents, Mary Vu is proud to count Orange County Native as one of her numerous identities. Having earned a BA in Criminology, Law & Society from UCI, Mary is the first woman in her family to graduate from university. In addition, she holds a MSW from USC and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to program development at the national, regional, and local levels. She is no stranger to serving Orange County’s most underserved communities helping her clients tackle such issues as domestic violence, trauma, juvenile justice and reform, and addiction. As co-founder of Project Kinship and an
advocate for reform, Mary believes in systemically improving the chances of those individuals reentering communities, the workforce, and schools by fostering individual empowerment, hope and healing. Contact Mary at