Evelyn Lim, 2021 Terry J. Stevinson Fellow
Evelyn Lim is the Director of Policy and Research at the American Cornerstone Institute. She was most recently the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Regional Administrator for Region 8 which covers Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In March 2020, she was detailed to Secretary Carson’s office to lead HUD’s coronavirus relief efforts and support the Secretary in his role on the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Prior to her appointment at HUD, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the third largest federal cabinet agency with over 240,000 law enforcement, military, and civilian employees.
Ms. Lim began her public service career in 2003 at DHS shortly after its creation at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), then at DHS headquarters. From 2005 – 2007, Ms. Lim served in the White House under President George W. Bush as the Director of Transportation Security Policy. In 2008, she served as the personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador to Finland in Helsinki.
For over 10 years, Ms. Lim ran a single family office for an ultra-high net worth family. In 2015, she co-founded a consulting firm that provided organizational and development strategy for corporate and nonprofit organizations with a focus governance, strategic policy development, and philanthropic and political advisory services for high net worth individuals. She eventually was recruited to become an employee of one of her clients, Colorado Concern, a non-partisan, 501(c)(6) membership organization which advocates for business friendly policies for the state of Colorado.
Very early in her career, Ms. Lim was a consultant at Deloitte and Touche LLP in its litigation support services group (now financial services group) in Chicago, Illinois. She provided valuation services for business interruption claims, expert witness testimony support, and assisted in forensic accounting investigations.
Ms. Lim received her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Lim clerked for Federal District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in the Northern District of Illinois and for the Illinois Attorney General where she focused on predatory lending practices by home mortgage lenders. She is admitted to the practice of law in Illinois and Florida.
She and her young son live in Denver, Colorado with their two Boston Terriers. She enjoys skiing, reading, and traveling.