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Hello, I’m Ann Kim

Portfolio Director, IDEO Cambridge

I’m on a mission to create big change by bringing human-centered design to public impact challenges—in health, immigration and big issues of the day. With roots in documentary film & journalism, I love getting into the field and being inspired by people and their stories.

What you won’t learn from my bio:
I love matchmaking. After all, doesn't changing the world for better come back to love?

Joined IDEO:
2011

Full Bio

Ann Kim is Director of Health & Well-Being at IDEO Cambridge. As a design researcher with roots in anthropology and film, she’s curious about people—their motivations, mindsets, and choices—and threads insights from the field to inform and inspire design. Her portfolio spans the design of HIV prevention products, digital tools to help kids build emotional strength, and the re-design of the US digital immigration experience.

From 2016 to 2017, Ann served as Chief Design Officer for U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, focusing on addiction, opioids, and emotional well-being. Prior to IDEO, Ann worked for over a decade as a filmmaker and journalist, focused primarily on health and science. Her credits include Frontline’s “The Age of AIDS,” and “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?,” both awarded duPont-Columbia Awards. Her latest film “Lovesick” is about matchmaking for HIV+ singles in India.

Ann holds a joint degree in Anthropology and the Study of Religion from Harvard College. She is a board member of Noora Health and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, and a past fellow of the Sundance Institute and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ann is an avid traveler, with the Okavango Delta and Tibet among her favorite spots, and obsessive photographer.