Classically Trained Violinist I TEDx Speaker I Advocate for Mental Health
“What’s really important about the Miss America Program is the representation. We are seeing time and time again that people who were underrepresented in the past are coming to the forefront.”
Eileen Kim is a graduate from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an International emphasis and a Minor in Music. Fluent in French, Korean and English, Eileen is using the $30,500 won in becoming Miss California 2019 toward law school in order to pursue her goal of becoming a legal officer for the United Nations.
Eileen has been playing the violin for 19 years. After studying under esteemed violinists at Colburn Conservatory, the University of Minnesota and Chapman University, she became a teacher and concertmaster of five different orchestras, including a jazz orchestra under the direction of grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit. Having served as a leader within the artistic community, Eileen realized the need for education of healthy coping mechanisms. As a result of this realization and her own experiences, she began advocating for mental health and self-harm awareness, while advocating for the development of healthy coping mechanisms. This passion brought about partnerships with organizations like Mental Health America and Drug Free World in order to support the movement to mandate mental health education within our nation’s public education system. Eileen is eager to continue her work as Miss California 2019, as she tells her story through performances, speaking engagements and her social impact initiative.