Who is Joaquin Lim?
Joaquin was born in Fujian, China after the Korean War. At age 2, he was given up for adoption by his parents. His parents were too poor to support him and his other 16 siblings. His new parents brought Joaquin to Hong Kong where he subsequently spent his formative years.
After high school, Joaquin moved with his family to the United States where he has lived for the past half a century. His own humble beginnings have always reminded and motivated Joaquin to want to help others. He finds great joy in serving those in need of help and those who are less fortunate.
His first act of public service was his military stint as a U.S. Army UH-1 helicopter “dust-off” medic in South Korea. During his 2+ years of being stationed with the U.S. Eighth Army in South Korea, Joaquin participated in many dangerous air rescue missions and saved many lives and limbs of U.S. servicemen and their family members.
Following his honorable discharge from military service, Joaquin decided to continue to serve our country as a civilian contracts negotiator with the U.S. Department of Defense. He worked on some of the largest advanced military defense weapon and satellite systems that are still in operation nowadays.
He then continued his service to the defense of our country by working also as a contracts negotiator for several major aerospace firms such as Lockheed, Rockwell International, and Boeing.
Always interested in academics, Joaquin began his part-time teaching career about 20 years ago as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles. His interest in serving students continues to this date as a lecturer on municipal governance and local public policy issues at California State University, Long Beach.
From 1995-2012, Joaquin served his community as a mayor and councilmember of the city of Walnut, California. His 17 years of continuous service on the Walnut City Council enabled him to help countless Walnut families with problems they might have with the city, the police department, and the schools.
Most of all, Joaquin is proud of having served his family. A single dad at that time, Joaquin raised his two daughters Elaine and Janice who attended Walnut schools since kindergarten. Elaine now works as a senior manager at Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California. Janice is transitioning to become a nurse in Ontario, California.
Since 2012, Joaquin has served the international student community by working as the executive director of the American International Education Foundation (AIEF), a 501(C)3 non-profit based in Southern California. He is also a co-founder of Tower Bridge International Education Services, a global firm headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.
StudentAssistUSA, an idea co-created by Joaquin Lim and Scott Warmuth, will be the next project through which Joaquin can continue to serve the public as an educator.
Mahatma Gandhi says, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” In his service to his family, his community, and his country, Joaquin has found true happiness. Serving others is his way of saying “Thank You!” to the parents who brought him to the world in China and the parents who adopted him and provided him a new life in America.