Kim Gilliam is a native of North Carolina who has spent most of his adult life living either in airports or in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, VA. He was trained as a Community Organizer while a VISTA volunteer in North Dakota where his love affair with the Western US and Canada began. From there, he held various management and fundraising positions in non-profit organizations for the next three decades. For fifteen years he headed the Development effort for the Southern Environmental Law Center whose budget grew tenfold during his tenure. In 2003 he launched a full time consulting practice working throughout North America in the Environmental and Social Justice arenas. With an emphasis on fundraising, his consulting practice helps to engage clients in applying best management practices to myriad functions within the organization.
Aside from TREC, he serves as the Board Chair for Appalachian Voices, a group driving campaigns to minimize the impact of coal mining in the Southern Appalachians while promoting alternative energy as an economic development tool for impacted coal communities. Kim and his wife Lynda travel extensively, both in the US and Canada and further afield, most recently to the northern most point in Europe above seventy two degrees North latitude.