There’s only so much a description can do. Meeting our members tells the real story of City of Angels. Kim Salzer has been an Angel from very early on. In getting to know her, she’s proven to be a great connector, a thoughtful investor, and truly committed to making magic happen for her friends and colleagues.
In her professional career Kim has driven substantial growth, sales and profit in businesses large and small. She's currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Evollve Inc., makers of Ozobots, and dedicated to preparing all young minds to succeed in an evolving digital world. Prior to Evollve, Kim led teams at HyperloopOne, a business originally conceived by Elon Musk; Gifts.com, Activision, Electronic Arts, Linden Lab and Clorox. Her accomplishments at those companies are almost unreal.
But enough about Kim the superstar business leader. On to the real story of Kim...
City of Angels: You describe yourself as a UCLA "double dipper." Do explain.
Kim Salzer: LOL! I did both my undergrad and graduate studies at UCLA. As someone who became 100% self-supporting at 17, I was very fortunate to have such an amazing school in my backyard that was a public institution at both the undergrad and grad levels. Plus, it was a heck of a lot of fun.
CofA: Okay, that officially makes you an LA expert - so why does LA - or for that matter, any city - need a group like City of Angels?
KS: As an Angeleno native (well, 5th grade, I think that counts?), I have seen LA live through its darkest days (riots, fires, OJ era, dilapidated DTLA, etc.). To experience its re-emergence as a city that people want to move TO vs. AWAY from, through its creative passion and dynamic diversity, has been incredible. It is a deep passion for me to be involved in helping to grow that however I can, as an advisor, mentor, investor.
CofA: Where did you grow up? Anything surprising or notable we should know about your hometown?
KS: I grew up in Porter Ranch, in the north end of the San Fernando Valley during the height of the 80's "Valley Girl" days. In a way, I love that I came to age during a huge pop cultural moment. That came to light even more when I met my future husband in San Francisco and he informed me that he and all of his Chicago brethren thought of LA purely as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” "Valley Girl" and "The Sure Thing."
One favorite anecdote of that life - when I was walking home from school one day, I happened into a movie being filmed. It was a bicycle chase scene in a movie called "A Boy's Life". Whatever was in the bike basket was covered up. I stood and watched for a while. Little did I know I was watching Steven Spielberg directing a movie that would become "E.T."
CofA: What attracted you to City of Angels, and what's been best so far?
KS: To be able to meet other incredible women executives and investors, and to help female entrepreneurs just puts it all together for me. As someone that has been in gaming and tech for most of my career, I get the challenges that we have all been through as women breaking through. To be able to give back by sharing my experience, wisdom (I hope) and resources, I find I get great personal fulfillment.
CofA: We ask every new member about her dream adventure. You, notably, left this field blank. Care to fill it in now?
KS: I think I just took it - a 2 week trip to South Africa with 30 other amazing people. It was truly a trip of a lifetime, a spiritual adventure.
CofA: Thanks, Kim. We knew you'd be a sure thing for our first member interview, despite our trepidation about asking a valley girl. (Alas, we couldn't think of a way to subtly work "fast times at ridgemont high" into the sentence). You're an inspiration and a giver with a roar as mighty as a lion's!