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David S. Kim is Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He began in August 2011 after spending two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary.

In his current role at FHWA, David serves as principal advisor to the Federal Highway Administrator and manages a team of 75 career employees involved in transportation policy development, legislative analysis, highway data collection and analysis, and international programs. David also serves as DOT's representative on the Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Prior to joining DOT, David spent five years with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) as Deputy Executive Officer, Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. In this capacity, he led the agency's Government Relations Department and managed federal relations on behalf of one of the largest transit providers in the country.

From 1999 to 2003, David served as Deputy Director in the Washington office of California Governor Gray Davis. He represented the State of California's interests before Congress and the executive branch on transportation, water, energy and environmental issues. From 1998 to 1999, David worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also spent three years as a Washington representative for the City of Los Angeles.

David also spent a decade serving on the staff of numerous elected officials in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington. He spent five years with Congressman Xavier Becerra in various capacities, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of his Sacramento office while Mr. Becerra served in the California State Assembly. David began his public service career as a field representative and administrative assistant to State Senator David Roberti.

A native of Davis, CA, David earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

David resides in Fairfax County, VA with his wife, Julie, and two children, Tessa and Jaisohn.

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