Kim is CEO and co-founder of Rumi. Since leaving the military in 2013, Kim and her cofounders founded Rumi to work directly with Afghan farmers to import exceptionally high quality saffron in an for-profit enterprise in partnership with the farmers.Prior to her civilian ventures, Kim was a Engineer Officer who led a route clearance platoon in the Wardak and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan in 2010-2011. She also served with provincial reconstruction teams as a female engagement team member to help empower Afghan village women. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015, and she is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering. Kim is a licensed Professional Engineer and avid volleyball player and runner.
About Rumi Spice
We are former Army officers who served combat tours in Afghanistan. Since leaving the military, we cofounders feel we still have unfinished business to support Afghanistan and its people. We founded Rumi Spice to work directly with Afghan farmers to import exceptionally high quality saffron. In Afghanistan, we’ve hired 384 Afghan women, stood up our three processing facilities, make up 3.6% of Afghanistan’s total foreign direct investment in agriculture, and have over 90 farmers in our network. Rumi saffron now graces the tables and kitchens of The French Laundry, Daniel, Le Bernardin, Bouley, NAHA, and the Culinary Institute of America. You can skim our website www.rumispice.com or read some of the latest articles that came out on us: New York Times Food & Wine