Last Updated: September 21, 2018
Juliet Choi, Director of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships, Partnership for Public Service
In April 2017, Juliet K. Choi joined the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that strives for a more effective federal government for the American people, and serves as the Director of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships.
A cross-sector leader and civil rights lawyer by training, Juliet most recently served as a senior executive and political appointee in President Obama’s administration. From 2014 to 2017, she was appointed as chief of staff and senior advisor at the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the world’s largest immigration agency with a workforce of about 20,000 employees and nearly 250 offices globally. From 2011 to 2014, Juliet was appointed chief of staff and senior advisor for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her areas of responsibility included civil rights policy, intra-HHS coordination, legislative and intragovernmental affairs, outreach and stakeholder relations.
From 2006 to 2011, Juliet worked with the American Red Cross Headquarters, serving as a member of the Disaster Services executive leadership team in the capacity of senior director for disaster partnerships. She led national disaster relief operations and served as the principal in charge for overseeing its national strategy for diverse and inclusive private sector partnerships and administrative management of the nation’s premiere disaster case management technology consortium. Under her leadership, she helped to steward critical new partnerships with several groups including the Bank of America, Legal Services Corporation, National Baptist Convention USA, National Disability Rights Network, Tzu Chi Buddhist Foundation and Y-USA.
From 2004 to 2006, Juliet served at the Asian American Justice Center as the inaugural NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Partners Community Law Fellow and staff attorney. She focused her legal and policy expertise on Title VI and language access with an emphasis on health care, disasters, and the courts. Her efforts led to amending the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to protect limited English speakers.
Before her legal career, her portfolio included seven years with the corporate division of Gannett Broadcasting (1992-1999) and subsequently as policy director with the National Mental Health Association (1999-2000).
Juliet is the daughter of immigrants from South Korea. A Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, Juliet is a graduate of both the American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy and Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. She received her law school’s Alumni Association Award for Leadership and Character (2003) and Rising Star Alumnus Award (2009). A certified mediator, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney (retired) of the Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland (2003-2004).
Juliet received her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Susan Jin Davis, Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast Corporation
Susan Jin Davis, Chief Sustainability Officer, has over 25 years of experience in the communications and technology industry. In her current position, Ms. Jin Davis is responsible for identifying sustainable strategies and priorities and for implementing the Company’s Sustainability Program across all of Comcast business units and functions.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Jin Davis was Senior Vice President of Operations Compliance and was responsible for implementing product policies, operationalizing regulatory and legal requirements, reducing costs to the cable business, and managing business compliance.
In 2011, Ms. Jin Davis negotiated a historic Memorandum of Understanding between Comcast and the Asian American community as part of the Company’s merger with NBC Universal that creates ground-breaking commitments in the areas of programming, supplier and employment diversity, and community
investment. She serves on Comcast’s Internal Diversity Council and is a Company liaison to the Comcast and NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She is an executive sponsor of Asian Pacific Americans at Comcast, a Company affinity group.
Ms. Jin Davis was also responsible for launching Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program in 2011. Internet Essentials offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Internet Essentials is Comcast’s largest, most successful community investment initiative, having connected more than 600,000 families – over 2.4 million low income Americans – to the power of the Internet in their homes.
Ms. Jin Davis has also been integrally involved in the Company’s approach to digital literacy, providing resources to customers on safe Internet use with particular emphasis on helping families understand the Internet and teaching children how to responsibly use Comcast’s services. She created and led the Company’s On-Line Safety Advisory Council, an external body of leaders in the area of on-line safety.
Ms. Jin Davis was recently recognized by Forbes as one of “Five Women of Color Who Should Be On Your Radar Screen.” She has completed the Women in Cable Telecommunications Senior Executive Summit at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business, and CTAM’s Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. She received the 2010 Paragon Award of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Cable and was a fellow in the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute of the Women in Cable Telecommunications. She has been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFAX and one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableWorld for many years. Ms. Jin Davis is actively involved in Comcast’s diversity efforts, particularly as it relates to the Company’s relationship with the Asian American community. She serves as the Chair of the Board of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and is a director on the Boards of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, and the Juvenile Law Center. Ms. Jin Davis also serves on the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr College.
Kyoo Eom, Executive Chef, Dirty Habit
Kyoo Eom began his formal culinary training at Yeosu University in South Korea. He studied food science and technology, learning food preparation and preservation techniques, before following his sister to New York to pursue his goal of attending culinary school in America. Chef Kyoograduated from Le Cordon Bleu at Brown College in 2003 and returned to Manhattan to work at Chef Daniel Boulud’s signature DB Bistro Moderne and Cafe Boulud, where he trained under Chef Andrew Carmellini and mentored with chefs Olivier Muller and Bertrand Chemel.
Chef Kyoo then moved to the Washington DC area to be the chef de cuisine at 2941 Restaurant for five years. It was in this role that he developed an understanding that while cooks may like to make and eat food, chefs are driven by the diners’ enjoyment. In 2014, he became executive chef at Poste Moderne Brasserie, where his training was transcendent in the French-inspired, farm-to-table dishes.
In 2016, Chef Kyoo helped open Dirty Habit, a luxe restaurant and bar in downtown DC that offers a vivid social scene centered around expertly crafted cocktails and an innovative social-plates menu. As executive chef, his globally influenced, seasonal cuisine includes dishes inspired by family recipes. Gracing the Dirty Habit kitchen with his talent and expertise, Chef Kyoo enjoys watching the pleasure and sense of discovery on guests’ faces as they sample their way through Dirty Habit’s eclectic menu.
Daniel Henney, Internationally-Acclaimed Film and Television Actor
Eric Holder, Partner at Covington & Burling and former Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Eric Holder is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. Mr. Holder advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters, including those that are international in scope and involve significant regulatory enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns. Mr. Holder, who was a partner at Covington from 2001 to 2009, rejoined the firm after serving for six years as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States.
Before his service as Attorney General, Mr. Holder maintained a wide-ranging investigations and litigation practice at Covington. Among numerous significant engagements, he led the firm’s representation of a major multi-national agricultural company in related civil, criminal, and investigative matters; acted as counsel to a special investigative committee of the board of directors of a Fortune 50 technology company; successfully tried a complex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a leading financial services company; and represented several life sciences companies in litigation and investigations.
Mr. Holder served as Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015. As the third longest serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office, Mr. Holder is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, Time magazine named Mr. Holder to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”
Timothy Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote
Timothy Hwang is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, a Government Relationship Management platform that uses AI, analytics, and natural language processing to help global organizations take control of their government risk and automate the law. The global company with offices across DC, NYC, Seoul, and the EU has now grown to become the largest privately held company in the legal analytics space and powers 1,300 of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments in creating a more open and transparent society through data. With Hwang’s technology and capital partners from the likes of Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others, FiscalNote is revolutionizing access to legislation, regulations, and court cases for organizations around the world.
Prior to founding FiscalNote, Hwang started his career in politics in the Obama ’08 campaign, assisting in the election of the first Obama Administration. He was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education a year later, overseeing a budget of over $4 Billion for 22,000 public employees. As a student, Tim also served as the President of the National Youth Association and the founder of Operation Fly. Inc., – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country.
Tim was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc. 30 Under 30, CNN’s Top 10 Startups, Business Insiders Top 25 Hottest Startups, and many others. He is a graduate of Princeton and currently deferring Harvard Business School. He is also currently a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a Trustee on the Board of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region (the largest funder of non-profit and philanthropic initiatives in the region), and a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Distinguished Professor of Law and Asian American Studies, UCLA
Jerry Kang is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies, and the inaugural Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair in Korean American Studies and Law. He is also the University’s inaugural Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Professor Kang’s teaching and research interests include civil procedure, race, and communications. On race, he has focused on the nexus between implicit bias and the law, with the goal of advancing a “behavioral realism” in legal analysis. He regularly collaborates with leading experimental social psychologists on wide-ranging scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects. He also lectures broadly to lawyers, judges, government agencies, and corporations about implicit bias and what we might do about them.
He is also an expert on Asian American communities, and has written about hate crimes, affirmative action, the Japanese American internment, and its lessons for the “War on Terror.” He is a co-author of Race, Rights, and Reparation: The Law and the Japanese American Internment (2d ed. Wolters Kluwer 2013).
On communications, Professor Kang has published on the topics of privacy, net neutrality, pervasive computing, mass media policy, and cyber-race (the construction of race in cyberspace). He is also the author of Communications Law & Policy: Cases and Materials (6th edition 2018), a leading casebook in the field.
During law school, Professor Kang was a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review and Special Assistant to Harvard University’s Advisory Committee on Free Speech. After graduation, he clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, then worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on cyberspace policy.
He joined UCLA in Fall 1995 and has been recognized for his teaching by being elected Professor of the Year in 1998; receiving the law school’s Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007; and being chosen for the highest university-wide distinction, the University Distinguished Teaching Award (The Eby Award for the Art of Teaching) in 2010. At UCLA, he was founding co-Director of the Concentration for Critical Race Studies as well as PULSE: Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence. Prof. Kang has taught at Harvard and Georgetown law schools, and was the David M. Friedman Fellow at NYU’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice.
Prof. Kang is a member of the American Law Institute, has chaired the American Association of Law School’s Section on Defamation and Privacy, has served on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and has received numerous awards including Vice President Al Gore’s “Hammer Award” for Reinventing Government.
Andy Kim, Democratic Candidate for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District
Andy Kim is a former National Security Council staffer who advised President Obama on Iraq. A Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Scholar, Andy received a doctorate in international relations at Oxford where he wrote about and researched US national security policy. Founder of Rise Stronger, a national political mobilization group, Andy cites the leading role of his representative, Tom MacArthur, in the Republicans’ attempt to replace Obamacare in 2016 as one of his key motivations for challenging him for his seat. Andy grew up in the district where he is running with his father, a polio survivor and Ph.D. scientist and his mother, a nurse.
Andy had no opponents in the Democratic primary. His election is the nationwide general election on November 6.
Pearl Kim, Congressional Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 5th District
Pearl is a former public prosecutor. She has worked at both the county district attorney and state attorney general’s offices. Her focus as a county prosecutor was special victims, particularly sex crimes. Pearl was the first prosecutor in Pennsylvania to win a case under the state’s new human trafficking law. Like Pearl, the Democratic nominee for this newly-created district’s open seat is also a woman and a lawyer, Mary Gay Scanlon. Pennsylvania is therefore guaranteed at least one female Congressional representative in 2019.
Pearl was strongly supported by county GOP leaders and faced no competition in her primary. Pearl’s election is the general nationwide election on November 6.
Dr. Hesung Koh, Chair & President Emerita of East Rock Institute and Director Emerita of Research & Development of Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University
Dr. Hesung Chun Koh is Co-Founder, Chair and President Emerita of East Rock Institute (ERI), the nation’s first institution dedicated to Korean and Korean Diaspora culture. She is also Director Emerita of Research and Development at the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University. As a researcher, teacher, writer, social activist and artist, Hesung dedicated the past sixty years to ERI and mentored countless students and parents from both Korean and non-Korean universities even after her retirement from Yale.
Dr. Koh received a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Dickinson College. She continued her education at Boston University, where she studied Sociology and Anthropology, earning both an M.A. and a Ph.D. Koh also received interdisciplinary training in planning of change and worked as a fellow and faculty member at the University’s Sociology Department and Human Relations Center. She conducted her post-doctoral work in Chinese Studies as a National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Fellow at Harvard University and Georgetown University.
Koh also taught and conducted research at Albertus Magnus College, Yale University, Yale Law School, the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka (NME) and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Japan. Co-teaching East Asian Law and Society at the Yale Law School from 1963 to 1966, Hesung became the first Asian woman to teach there. She served concurrently on the faculty of the Yale Department of Sociology from 1961 to 1985, teaching various courses on Korean culture.
Koh has dedicated much of her life to inspiring cross-cultural dialogue. She has authored ten books and nearly a hundred articles, including her bestseller books on “Authentic Leadership” and “Authentic Women’s Leadership” which were translated and published in Tokyo, Taipei and Peking. In addition, Hesung developed the cultural information system at HRAF, Yale and ERI with grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Overseas Koreans Foundation (OKF). Through ERI, she pioneered in studies of Korean diaspora in 1970s and compiled and edited the first comprehensive book on the Korean Diaspora and launched the first and only scholarly journal on Korean and Korean American Studies (1984-2009). Hesung organized and sponsored many international conferences over the years on the Korean Diaspora, Korean culture through arts (films, music, dance), and authentic traditional clothing, and on the theme of “Diaspora, Design and Globalization: Toward a Virtual Diaspora Museum.”
Dr. Koh’s passion for knowledge, public service and activism has been recognized through numerous awards in Korea and the United States, including the Order of Civil Merit (the Republic of Korea’s highest award to a civilian) and the Connecticut Governor’s Award.
May Lee, Correspondent & Host of CGTN America and Founder of Lotus Media House
May Lee has been working in the media and communication space around the world for more than 25 years. She is a successful television, radio and online media journalist who has worked as a correspondent, anchor, host and executive producer for major networks and media institutions.
May was the first Korean American anchor for CNN, co-host of Oprah Winfrey’s women’s network Oxygen Media and main anchor at CNBC Asia. As a correspondent, May has covered some of history’s most momentous events including the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong, the 911 attack in New York City and several U.S. Presidential elections.
In 2007, May founded Lotus Media House, LLC, a media production and consulting company. It successfully launched “The May Lee Show”, the first pan-Asia talk show for the modern woman of Asia. Lotus Media House also specializes in helping businesses and individuals shape and build powerful and effective communication strategies as well as providing media training and production services.
Past clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers Asia, Shanghai Tang, CJ Media, MediaCorps, Transpacific IP, Standard Chartered Bank, Jax Coco and Global Bionic Optics.
May authored the book, “May Lee, Live and in Person. It all begins with Passion” published by John Wiley & Sons. A Korean version of the book was published by Random House Korea.
May has a B.A. in Communications from Mills College. One of her passions is traveling the world. She has, so far, visited 51 countries and she’s just getting started.
Jessica Lee, Interim Executive Director, Council of Korean Americans
Jessica Lee is the Interim Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and a seasoned foreign policy professional with ten years of experience working in Washington, DC. As the chief executive at CKA, Ms. Lee manages the DC-based staff and works with 17 board members and a national membership of 200 mostly c-suite executives to increase the voice, visibility and influence of Korean Americans and support Korean American leadership everywhere. Ms. Lee manages the day-to-day operations at CKA, including fundraising, policy planning, and community outreach.
Since 2016, Jessica has led a number of partnerships with major think tanks, foundations, and community-based organizations as CKA’s first Director of Policy and Advocacy, as well as forged new public-private partnerships with companies such as Google and Comcast. Ms. Lee is a regular commentator in the media, with TV appearances in BBC World News, China Global Television Network, and Sky News UK.
Prior to joining CKA, Ms. Lee was a Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, HI, where she published articles on security and economic relations in East Asia. She was previously a senior manager at The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm, as well as its first chief philanthropy officer. Prior to The Asia Group, Ms. Lee served as a staff member in the House of Representatives for six years, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia region for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior legislative assistant on foreign policy and trade issues for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee.
Ms. Lee received a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and a A.M. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.
June Lee, Board Chair of CKA and COO of MyoKardia
June Lee, M.D., is Chief Operating Officer of MyoKardia, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on developing precision therapeutics for catdiomyopathies. Dr. Lee has significant experience leading early clinical development programs and is also a recognized leader in academic translational research. Dr. Lee is an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she formerly served as Director of Translational Research and Director of Catalyst Program which is an internal accelerator at UCSF for early stages technologies in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and digital health.
A key focus of Dr. Lee’s work was identifying the most compelling discovery research and enabling and supporting its commercialization. Previously, she worked in early clinical development in cardiovascular, metabolism, respiratory, and infectious diseases at Genentech. Dr. Lee is a member of the Translational Research Advisory Council of the MOGAM Research Institute, and the MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub Therapeutic/Diagnostic Oversight Committee, a unit associated with The University of Michigan Medical School.
Dr. Lee completed her undergraduate work in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University, earned her M.D. degree at the School of Medicine at University of California, Davis, and her clinical training in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care and UCLA and UCSF.
Yesoon and Danny Lee, Chefs & Owners, Mandu
Yesoon and Danny Lee are no strangers to challenges. Having opened two successful outposts of their Korean restaurant, Mandu, in the heart of the nation’s capital – Washington, DC – this mother/son team made a splash on the American dining scene by hosting a monthly series of chef collaborations, educating guests and chefs alike on the subtle nuances of Anju, or Korean bar food. Fueled by the homestyle recipes of Yesoon’s youth that are elevated by Danny’s modern approach to this traditional cuisine, Mandu has been featured in several local and national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, Lucky Peach, Men’s Health, and many more.
In the Fall of 2016, both mother and son traveled to London for a two-week Mandu residency at Carousel Restaurant where they showcased their unique style of Korean cuisine. In 2017, Danny, along with partners Scott Drewno and Andrew Kim, opened up CHIKO restaurant which features modern Chinese and Korean cuisine. CHIKO has already garnered high praise, being featured on a national list of “Must Eat” dishes on Zagat and also being included in The Best New Restaurants issue of the Washingtonian.
DANakaDAN (Dan Matthews), Alternative Rapper
Dan Matthews is a creative producer from Los Angeles, CA. He’s a Partner at International Secret Agents, a company that focuses on two areas: production platform for Asian American content + talent as well as digital strategy consultants for brands and companies that are seeking to reach Asian American & Asian International Audiences. Dan has produced over 150 pieces of content, including two critically acclaimed full length documentaries about Korean Adoption including his personal journey back to South Korea where he met his biological family including an identical twin brother he never knew. He’s also produced tours and festivals around the Nation including IDENTITY LA + HERITAGE SF, two of the biggest events held in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month that has featured talent like Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Jay Park, among many others.
Dan is also an alternative rap artist performing under the moniker, DANakaDAN. He’s toured internationally and has released two full length albums. He’s currently working on his next EP due to release Fall 2018. He’s collaborated with the likes of Wong Fu Productions, Lydia Paek, and Dia Frampton.
He’s been featured on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and has even been invited by the White House where he took part in activities to help amplify the work of the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His work has been distributed on the likes of leading streaming sites like Hulu and DramaFever.
Catharina Min, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
Catharina Min is a partner at an international law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. She specializes in mergers & acquisition and in emerging companies and venture capital financings. She represents both U.S. and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate partnering, securities offerings, and other corporate transactions. She has extensive experience cross-border transactions and especially representing Asian clients doing business in the United States.
Ms. Min is a frequent speaker on cross-border transactions and venture capital financings as well as on women and minority mentoring and empowerment.
As a former Overseas President of IAKL and former President of Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, Ms. Min is a leader mentoring and fostering the advancement of women and minority lawyers. She is recognized among the “Top 50 Multicultural Leader in Technology” by the National Diversity Council (March 2017), the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by Diversity Council (June 2016), and “Women Leaders in Technology” by The Recorder (2014-2016).
She emigrated from Korea to the US when she was 12 and is fluent in Korean. She has worked as a US lawyer with a leading law firm in Seoul, Korea.
Sue Mi Terry, Senior Fellow, Korea Chair, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
Sue Mi Terry joined CSIS in 2017 as senior fellow for Korea after a long and distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues. Prior to CSIS, she served as a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, where she produced hundreds of intelligence assessments—including a record number of contributions to the President’s Daily Brief. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Terry was the director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic affairs at the National Security Council under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In that role, she formulated, coordinated, and implemented U.S. government policy on Korea and Japan, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania.
From 2009 to 2010, she was deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council. In that position, she led the U.S. Intelligence Community’s production of strategic analysis on East Asian issues and authored multiple National Intelligence Estimates. From 2010 to 2011, she served as the national intelligence fellow in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since leaving government, Dr. Terry has been a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute (2011-2015) and a senior adviser for Korea at BowerGroupAsia (2015-2017).
Dr. Terry is a frequent commentator on television and radio programs, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, Fox, Bloomberg, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and Radio Free Asia, and a regular contributor to theWall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. She holds a Ph.D. (2001) and an M.A. (1998) in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A.. in political science from New York University (1993). She was born in Seoul and raised in Hawaii and Northern Virginia.
Charles Yoon, Summit Co-Chair
Charles Yoon is a partner at Yoon LLP and has over 25 years of experience in the areas of domestic and international litigation and arbitration. He has prosecuted and/or defended a broad array of commercial disputes.
Mr. Yoon’s representative experience includes serving as an arbitrator on a $100 million International Chamber of Commerce arbitration in London and prosecuting a law firm for legal malpractice resulting in a $24 million payment. He also prosecuted numerous breach of contract and tort claims and successfully defended numerous cases brought against Korea-based conglomerates and their U.S. subsidiaries.
Mr. Yoon was previously a partner at the law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP. Mr. Yoon received his B.A. from Columbia College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. Mr. Yoon is a past President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, a past President of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, a past President of the Korean American Business Council of Greater New York, and a past Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Mr. Yoon currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Korean American Association of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of the Council of Korean Americans. Mr. Yoon regularly lectures on litigation and other legal topics at national and international conferences. Mr. Yoon is fluent in Korean.
Yoon Young-kwan, Former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea and Professor Emeritus of International Relations of Seoul National University
Yoon Young-kwan is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Korean government from 2003 to 2004. Before he joined the faculty of Seoul National University in 1990, he taught at the University of California at Davis. He served as Korea’s Eminent Representative to, and co-chair of, the East Asia Vision Group II from September 2011 to October 2012. He has published several books and some 70 articles in the fields of international political economy, Korea’s foreign policy, and inter-Korean relations, some of which appeared in World Politics, International Political Science Review, Asian Survey, and Project Syndicate. Yoon received his doctoral degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Ambassador Joseph Yun, Senior Advisor, The Asia Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace
Ambassador Joseph Yun is senior adviser to the Asia Program at USIP. As former US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, he is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on relations with North Korea, as well as on broader US-East Asian policy. His 33-year diplomatic career has been marked by his commitment to face-to-face engagement as the best avenue for resolving conflict and advancing cross-border cooperation.
As Special Envoy on North Korea from 2016 to 2018, Ambassador Yun led the State Department’s efforts to align regional powers behind a united policy to denuclearize North Korea. He was instrumental in reopening the “New York channel,” a direct communication line with officials from Pyongyang, through which he was able to secure the release of the American student, Otto Warmbier, who had been held in captivity for 15 months.
From 2013 to 2016 he served as US Ambassador to Malaysia, actively forwarding the administration’s goal of elevating relations with Southeast Asia. During his tenure, Ambassador Yun hosted two visits to Malaysia by President Obama—the first by any US President since 1966—resulting in the signing of the US-Malaysian Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, pledging closer cooperation on security, trade, education, technology, energy, the environment, and people-to-people ties.
As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2011-2013), he led efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with Myanmar, traveling to Rangoon as the first US-based government official to meet with Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi following her release from house arrest. He also worked to lay the foundation for official participation by the President of the United States in the annual East Asian Summit, starting from 2011.
Previous assignments include Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asian Policy, Counselor for Political Affairs in the US Embassy in Seoul, Economic Counselor in the US Embassy in Bangkok, as well as earlier assignments in South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and France. He is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, four Superior Honors Awards, and nine Foreign Service Performance Awards from the US State Department.
Ambassador Yun joined the Foreign Service in 1985. Prior to that he was a senior economist for Data Resources, Inc., in Lexington, Massachusetts. He holds a M. Phil. degree from the London School of Economics and a BS from the University of Wales. He speaks Korean, Indonesian and French. He is married to Dr. Melanie Billings-Yun. They have one son, Matthew.
Salle Yoo, Former General Counsel, Uber Technologies Inc
Salle Yoo is the former Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of Uber Technologies, Inc. Yoo joined Uber as its first general counsel in 2012 and was promoted to chief legal officer in 2017. Prior to joining Uber, Salle was a litigation partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Salle serves on the Museum Council for the Asian Art Museum and is on the Board of the Council of Korean Americans. She has been named a Women of Achievement by Legal Momentum (2016), and one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business (2015). She previously served as Secretary, Director and Chair of the Judiciary Committee for the Asian-American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and as President of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California. She is a graduate of Scripps College and Boston University School of Law.
Kyung H. Yoon, CEO & Founder, Talent Age Associates
Kyung H. Yoon is CEO and Founder of Talent Age Associates based in Silicon Valley, providing creative talent strategies for Fortune 500, multinational corporations, and mid-cap/venture backed companies in the technology, fashion, consumer, lifestyle and financial industries. For over twenty years, Kyung has worked closely with major venture capital firms and entrepreneurial CEOs to build leadership teams and to create winning talent strategies for global Silicon Valley based startups. Kyung is regularly engaged as a corporate director, advisor, executive search and organizational consultant, bringing creativity, global vision and innovative, value-added solutions to her clients around the world who are facing disruptions from technology innovations and globalization.
Kyung has unparalleled access to top-level executives and corporate directors due to her extensive board experience as a current board director of the global fashion group MCM Worldwide, board director of SVDX and Give2Asia, a senior advisor of Diversified Search and as an advisory board member of Translink Capital and Global Female Leaders. Previously, she served on the boards of Silicon Valley Bank; several venture-backed technology companies, including Mobile Money Ventures (a joint venture between Citi and SK Telecom); and several nonprofits, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board. Born in Seoul, Korea to a diplomatic family, she grew up in Seoul, Washington, D.C., and Paris, and is fluent in English, French, and Korean, with literacy in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Suzanne Yoon, Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners LLC
Suzanne Yoon is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on making control and minority investments in companies across North America with revenues starting at $10M, with up to $15M in EBITDA. Ms. Yoon has led and closed nearly $3B in middle market deals during her 18 years in corporate finance, capital markets, and private equity, and advised on billions of dollars of debt restructurings while in advisory services and special assets.
Before she founded Kinzie, Ms. Yoon was a Managing Director of Versa Capital Management, LLC, a private equity firm where she led transaction development throughout North America. Prior to Versa, Ms. Yoon was a Senior Vice President of CIT Group, co-founded LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO’s Corporate Restructuring Group, and held positions in distressed loan portfolio management and advisory at LaSalle Bank and Ernst and Young’s Corporate Finance Group, respectively.
Ms. Yoon sits on several boards, including the National Philanthropic Trust where she serves as a Board Trustee and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. She also serves on the steering committees of the Chicago chapter of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, which she co-founded, and PE WIN (Private Equity Women’s Investor Network). She maintains active involvement with Turnaround Management Association, for which she was a Board Trustee, and American Bankruptcy Institute, where she formerly co-chaired its Finance Committee. She is also active in Chicago community outreach, through her service on the Board of Directors for HFS Chicago Scholars, a non-profit that serves economically disadvantaged inner-city high school students. Ms. Yoon is an Executive Scholar from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and received a BA in Economics from the University of Iowa.
Philip Yun, Executive Director & COO, Ploughshares Fund
Philip Yun is currently Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ploughshares Fund. In this capacity, Mr. Yun oversees the organization’s entire range of day-to-day activities, including grantmaking, communications, financial management, and fundraising.
Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund, he was a vice president at The Asia Foundation (2005-2011), a Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2004-2005) and a vice president at the private equity firm of H&Q Asia Pacific (2001-2004).
Mr. Yun was a presidential appointee at the US Department of State (1994-2001), serving as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During this time, he also worked as a senior advisor to two US Coordinators for North Korea Policy — former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and former Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. Mr. Yun was a member of a government working group that managed US policy and negotiations with North Korea under President Clinton and was part of the US delegation that traveled to North Korea with Secretary of State Madeline Albright in October 2000.
Prior to government service, Mr. Yun practiced law at the firms of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and Garvey Schubert & Barer in Seattle. He also was a foreign legal consultant at the firm of Shin & Kim in Seoul, Korea. In other lives, Mr. Yun was a national staffer on the Presidential campaigns of Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor Michael Dukakis, and then Governor Bill Clinton.
Mr. Yun’s writings and commentary have appeared on The Hill, Foreign Policy.com, AP TV, Fox News, CNN, NBC and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He is the co-editor of a book entitled North Korea and Beyond (2006).
Mr. Yun attended Brown University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and the Columbia University School of Law (associate editor of the Journal of Transnational Law). He was a Fulbright Scholar to Korea. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and member of the Board of Overseers for Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.