John J. Kim was appointed Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on January 22, 2019. Acting Director Kim has served in many senior roles during his distinguished 25 years at the Agency under five Governors of both parties. He most recently served as Chief Legal Counsel. He has also previously served as Director, Interim Director, Ethics Officer, Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Counsel/Special Assistant Attorney General, and Project Manager for an IEPA-China pollution prevention project. In 2008 and 2009, he left the Illinois EPA for just over a year to serve as Acting General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Before joining Illinois EPA, Acting Director Kim was an Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and was the General Counsel to the Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association. He received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.