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Program & Speakers

Last Updated: November 15, 2018

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CKA Members-Only Reception
Thursday, November 15

Capitol Hill Briefing | Members Meeting | Gala & Awards Dinner
Friday, November 16

9:00 AM — 12:00 PM

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

GRACE MENG
U.S. Representative, New York’s 6th Congressional District

MODERATOR

JESSICA LEE
Interim Executive Director, Council of Korean Americans

PANELISTS

EMMA CHANLETT-AVERY
Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service

LTC DANIEL OH
Korea Branch Chief, Joint Staff Directorate of Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J-5), Defense Department

ANDREW OU
Foreign Service Officer, State Department

LINDA SHIM
Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)

6:30 — 7:15 PM | Gala Reception
7:15 — 9:30 PM | Gala Dinner

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

AMBASSADOR JOSEPH YUN
Senior Advisor, The Asia Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace

FIRESIDE CHAT

ERIC HOLDER
Partner, Covington & Burling and former Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

DR. HESUNG KOH
Co-founder & Chair, East Rock Institute and Director Emerita, Research & Development, HRAF, Yale University

IMAGE AWARD

DANIEL HENNEY
Film & Television Actor

YOUNG LEADER AWARD

TIMOTHY HWANG
Founder & CEO, FiscalNote

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

DANakaDAN
Alternative Rapper

EMCEE

MAY LEE
Correspondent and Host, CGTN America
Founder, Lotus Media House

GALA CO-CHAIRS

CATHARINA MIN
Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

CHARLES YOON
Partner, Yoon, LLP

WITH REMARKS BY

ANDY KIM
Congressional Candidate (NJ-3)

JUSTIN JANG
2018 CKA-KALCA Public Service Intern Alumni

JENNIFER KWON
2016 CKA-KALCA Public Service Intern Alumni

Gala & Awards Dinner

The Ritz Carlton | Washington, DC
The dress code for the Gala Reception and Dinner is black tie.

9:00 PM — 12:00 AM
CKA After-Party

St. Yves | Washington, DC
This is a free and public event, all are welcome.

Generously hosted by CKA Member David Chung.

National Summit | Mentoring Reception | KA Chefs Showcase
Saturday, November 17

8:00 — 9:00 AM

JESSICA LEE
Interim Executive Director, Council of Korean Americans

JUNE LEE
Board Chair of CKA and COO of MyoKardia

Breakfast & Welcome Remarks

The Ritz Carlton | Washington, DC

Jessica Lee June Lee

9:00 — 10:00 AM

MODERATOR

JESSICA LEE
Interim Executive Director, Council of Korean Americans

PANELISTS

ANDY KIM
Congressional Candidate (NJ-3)

PEARL KIM
Congressional Candidate (PA-5)

DAN KOH
Former Congressional Candidate (MA-3)

The Road to Congress: Why KA Representation Matters

Jessica Lee Andy Kim Pearl Kim Dan Koh

10:00 — 10:55 AM

MODERATOR

PHILIP YUN
Executive Director & COO, Ploughshares Fund

PANELISTS

KATHARINE H.S. MOON
Professor of Political Science & Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies, Wellesley College

YOON YOUNG-KWAN
Former Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea
Professor of International Relations, Seoul National University

The Future of U.S.-North Korea Relations

Philip Yun Kathy Moon Yoon Young-Kwan

This panel is made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

10:55 — 11:45 AM

MODERATOR

CATHERINE KIM
Executive Editor, NBC News Digital

PANELISTS

GRACE KAHNG
Founder & Executive Producer, Santoki Productions

SALLE YOO
Former General Counsel, Uber Technologies Inc

SUZANNE YOON
Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners LLC

Korean American Women Leaders

Catherine Kim Grace Kahng  Salle Yoo Suzanne Yoon

11:45 AM — 12:15 PM
Coffee Break
12:15 — 1:05 PM

FEATURED GUEST

SUSAN JIN DAVIS
Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast Corporation

MODERATOR

KYUNG H. YOON
CEO & Founder, Talent Age Associates

Lunch and Fireside Chat

Susan Jin Davis Kyung H Yoon

This lunch is made possible by the generous support of Comcast.

1:05 — 2:00 PM

MODERATOR

ANDREW S. KIM
Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager, Google

PANELISTS

TIMOTHY HWANG
Founder & CEO, FiscalNote

ALINA LIAO
Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, MindRight

APRIL REIGN
Creator of #OscarsSoWhite, Akuarel

Technology As a Force for Good: Lifting Marginalized Communities in the Digital Age

Andrew S. Kim Timothy Hwang Alina Liao April Reign

This panel is made possible by the generous support of Google.

2:00 — 2:55 PM

MODERATOR

JULIET K. CHOI
Partner, VENG Group

PANELISTS

JERRY KANG
Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion & Distinguished Professor of Law and Asian American Studies, UCLA

CURT LEVEY
President, The Committee for Justice

JEANNIE PARK
President, Harvard Asian American Alliance & Co-founder, A Coalition for a Diverse Harvard

Affirmative Action and Higher Education Admissions

Juliet Choi Jerry Kang Curt Levey Jeannie Park

2:55 — 3:00 PM
Closing Remarks
3:30 — 5:00 PM

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Overseas Korean Foundation.

6:00 — 7:30 PM

FEATURED CHEFS

KYOO EOM
Executive Chef, Dirty Habit

DANNY LEE
Chef & Co-Owner, Mandu & CHIKO

EMCEE

MAY LEE
Correspondent & Host, CGTN America
Founder, Lotus Media House

Korean American Chefs Showcase

National Union Building | Washington, DC
Limited Ticket Event – Click here for separate registration

Kyoo Eom Danny Lee May Lee

This panel is made possible by the generous support of Diageo and Breakthru Beverage Washington, D.C.

Speakers & Honored Guests

Emma Chanlett Avery

Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Emma Chanlett-Avery is a Specialist in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service. She focuses on U.S. relations with Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Thailand, and Singapore. Ms. Chanlett-Avery joined CRS in 2003 through the Presidential Management Fellowship, with rotations in the State Department on the Korea Desk and at the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group in Bangkok, Thailand. She also worked in the Office of Policy Planning as a Harold Rosenthal Fellow. She is a member of the Mansfield Foundation U.S. – Japan Network for the Future, a board member for the Japan America Society of Washington, and the 2016 recipient of the Kato Prize. Ms. Chanlett-Avery received an MA in international security policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and her BA in Russian studies from Amherst College.

Juliet Choi

Juliet K. Choi, Partner, VENG Group

In November 2018, Juliet K. Choi joins the VENG Group, a non-traditional government relations and public affairs firm which leverages a multi-disciplinary and technological driven approach to problem solving and achieving clients’ goals. As a strategist and multi-sector coalition builder, Juliet focuses on homeland security and immigration, health care, disaster response, inclusion leadership, and enjoys catalyzing public-private partnerships.

A civil rights lawyer by training, Juliet most recently worked with the nationally recognized Partnership for Public Service as the Director for Federal Executive Networks. She served as a senior executive and political appointee in President Obama’s administration for five years. 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 intra-governmental affairs, and stakeholder relations.

From 2006 to 2011, Juliet served with the American Red Cross Headquarters Disaster Services executive team as senior director for disaster partnerships. She led disaster relief operations and served as the principal in charge for transforming its national strategy for diverse and inclusive private sector partnerships. From 2004 to 2006, Juliet served at the Asian American Justice Center as the inaugural NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Community Law Fellow and focused her legal and policy expertise on Title VI and language access in health care, disasters, and the courts. Before her legal career, her portfolio included seven years with Gannett Broadcasting and subsequently as policy director with the National Mental Health Association.

Juliet serves on the boards of YWCA USA National and the NAPABA Law Foundation. She is the recipient of her law school’s Alumni Association Award for Leadership and Character (2003) and Rising Star Alumnus Award (2009).

A certified mediator, Juliet received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and clerked for the Hon. Dennis M. Sweeney (ret.) of the Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Susan Jin Davis

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

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

Daniel Henney, Film & Television Actor

Daniel Henney is an internationally-accomplished film and television actor in America and overseas. Henney became a household name in Korea after starring in the hit television drama My Lovely Sam-soon and later went on to star in the Korean series, Spring Waltz and The Fugitive: Plan B. He starred in his first feature film in Korea, Seducing Mr. Perfect. His second film, My Father, won multiple awards in South Korea and Henney became the first foreigner to swept all the major cinema awards in the Best New Actor category. Henney made his American television debut in Three Rivers. Additional television credits include Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, the Emmy Award-winning Revolution and series regular roles on the ABC pilot Agatha and the A&E pilot Occult. After serving as a series lead on two seasons of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Henney has since joined the main team on the flagship Criminal Minds program.

Henney’s voice can be heard in the role of Tadashi Hamada in the Academy Award-winning Disney animated film Big Hero 6. His additional film credits include X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Last Stand, Seducing Mr. Perfect, My Father, The Spy: Undercover Operation and Shanghai Calling which was the first American/Chinese co-produced romantic comedy with an Asian leading man and a Caucasian female lead.

In addition to his film and television career, Henney is an accomplished model, having worked in Italy, France, Paris, London, New York and Hong Kong. He has been on the covers of Cosmo Men/Korea, Vogue/Korea, Arena Men, Malaysia August Man, GQ Taiwan and GQ Korea, among others.

Eric Holder

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.”

Including his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Holder has served in government for more than thirty years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan.
Timothy Hwang

Timothy Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote

Timothy Hwang is currently the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote. The company owns media and news company CQ Roll Call Group, which it acquired from The Economist Group in 2018 and creates a technology platform that combines award-winning journalism along with products and services that provide access to large quantities of data, news, and analysis for all levels of government. The global company with offices across DC, NYC, Baton Rouge, Brussels, India, and Seoul has now grown to become the largest tech employer headquartered in DC, and powers almost 5,000 of the world’s largest and most influential law firms, legal departments, and governments.

FiscalNote has raised over $230 million in venture capital and acquisition financing from the likes of The Economist, S&P Global, Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, NEA, Renren and others.

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 Greater Washington Community Foundation (the largest funder of non-profit and philanthropic initiatives in the region) as well a Board member of The After School Alliance. He is a member of the The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

Justin Jang

Justin Jang, 2018 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Alumni

Justin is a part of the Class of 2020 at the United States Military Academy at West Point and is studying International Relations with a concentration in East Asian Studies. He is also a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. He currently serves on the executive board for the Korean American Relations Seminar and is an active member of West Point’s Model United Nations team, studying and debating issues in international affairs. His hobbies include baseball, traveling, yelping (read: eating), and untangling philosophical dilemmas. Justin hopes to commission as a Field Artillery officer.

Grace Kahng

Grace Kahng, Founder & Executive Producer, Santoki Productions

As a journalist reporting on social justice issues for over 35 years, Grace Kahng has reported and produced for the leading women in broadcast including Diane Sawyer, Connie Chung, Meredith Vieira, Oprah Winfrey, etc for PBS McNeill-Lehrer NewsHour, ABC News, CBS News 60 Minutes, Harpo Productions, NBC News Dateline and TODAY Show. Kahng has been awarded journalism’s highest honors, including numerous National Emmy Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Reporting, the George Foster Peabody Award, Sidney Hillman Award for Social Justice and the Amnesty International Journalism Award, among others. She has dedicated her career to investigating human rights abuses domestically and abroad. Career highlights include exposing U.S government malfeasance in the rape and torture of an American nun in Guatemala, the illegal dumping of military toxic waste by the Pentagon and the 1992 groundbreaking reporting on the largest case of priest pedophilia and cover up by the Catholic church. In 2005, Santoki Productions began it’s award winning documentary series Sex Slaves in America, with a mission to expose the burgeoning industry based on the enslavement of women and children in the U.S. She is the editor & contributor to Jonathan Sposato’s WSJ Bestselling book BETTER TOGETHER: 8 Ways Working With Women Creates Better Products & Profits.

Jerry Kang

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.

Andrew S. Kim

Andrew S. Kim, Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager, Google

Andrew manages Google’s engagements with the U.S. national security community and Google’s policy work in security, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. Previously, Andrew served at the Pentagon as a Country Director for China and South Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He continued his government service at the State Department, managing North Korea political-military issues in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs and then moving to Embassy Rangoon to serve as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Burma.  Andrew has lived and traveled extensively across Asia and is fluent in Mandarin and Korean. He received his MPA and AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is originally from New York and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.

Andy Kim

Andy Kim, Democratic Candidate, New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District

Andy Kim is a former National Security Council staff member who advised President Barack 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. Andy is also the founder of Rise Stronger, a national political mobilization group. Andy’s election is the nationwide general election on November 6.

Catherine Kim

Catherine Kim, Executive Editor of NBC News Digital

Catherine Kim is the Executive Editor of NBC News Digital. She oversees editorial strategy and content for NBC News.com and digital video across web, mobile, OTT and social platforms. Catherine is an award-winning journalist who joined NBC News Digital in August 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior producer for both TV and digital for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. At Nightly News, she created and led the broadcasts’ digital team and strategy. The team became best in class on social video at NBC News, dominating the news groups viral hits. She joined Nightly News after serving as a Senior Producer at Brian Williams’ Rock Center, where she produced Bob Costas’ interview with Jerry Sandusky. Before joining NBC, Catherine was a Senior Producer at CNN’s American Morning and a producer at CBS’ Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes.

Pearl Kim

Pearl Kim, Congressional Candidate, Pennsylvania’s 5th District

Pearl Kim is a former public prosecutor. She has worked at both the county district attorney and state attorney general’s offices. Pearl’s focus as a county prosecutor was special victims, particularly sex crimes. She was the first prosecutor in Pennsylvania to win a case under the state’s new human trafficking law. Pearl’s election is the general nationwide election on November 6.

Dan Koh

Dan Koh, Democratic Candidate, Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District

Dan serves as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Boston. Prior to that, Dan worked at the Huffington Post in a variety of roles, including Chief of Staff to its founder Arianna Huffington. As Chief of Staff to Mayor Marty Walsh, Dan champions data-driven approaches to governing and city services. Dan is part Korean, and part Lebanese American. Following a recount, Dan Koh conceded to his Democratic primary opponent Lori Trahan.

Hesung Koh

Dr. Hesung Koh, Co-founder & Chair, East Rock Institute and Director Emerita, Research & Development, HRAF, 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 dinkinson 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.

Jennifer Kwon

Jennifer Kwon, 2016 CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Alumni

Jennifer is currently an APAICS fellow at Congresswoman Grace Meng’s office. She begins the fellowship after serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Sejong City, South Korea through the U.S. Fulbright Program. She taught first through sixth graders while learning more about the culture and language of her heritage.

Prior to her Fulbright grant year, Jennifer gained valuable government and public affairs experience at our nation’s capital. Her experience includes interning at the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the office of Congressman Joaquin Castro, and SKDKnickerbocker. Her time at the Department of Commerce exposed her to the intersection between business, security, and policymaking through its focus on export controls. She continued to develop her interests on the Hill through her work on the U.S.-Japan Caucus and foreign affairs related to the Asia-Pacific. Jennifer was also part of CKA inaugural CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship program.

Shaped by her experiences, Jennifer strives to build coalition among AAPI communities while pursuing her passion in national security and foreign affairs. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys watching Korean dramas, reading, and traveling. Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. She is from Louisville, KY.

May Lee

May Lee, Correspondent & Host, CGTN America and Founder, 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

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

June Lee, COO, MyoKardia and Board Chair, Council of Korean Americans

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.

Danny Lee

Danny Lee, Chef & Owner, Mandu & CHIKO

In 2006, Danny Lee and his mother, Yesoon Lee, decided to open their own restaurant, one that played to their strengths and represented Korean culinary traditions and culture. They opened Mandu’s first location near Dupont Circle in November 2006 and five years later, the second one in DC’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.

Mandu has won “Best Korean” in the Washington City Paper annually since 2010 in addition to being featured in several local and national publications. Mandu was also recognized as a recommended restaurant in the Michelin Guide’s premier Washington, DC, issue in 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018. In the Fall of 2016, Lee and his mother were invited to London to showcase a Korean tasting menu for a two week Mandu residency at Carousel Restaurant.

In 2017, Lee started a new restaurant group with Andrew Kim and Chef Scott Drewno, called The Fried Rice Collective. The group’s first restaurant, CHIKO, opened in July of 2017 on Barrack’s Row in Washington, DC, and serves modern Chinese and Korean cuisine in a fun and casual environment. CHIKO garnered three star ratings from the critics in both the Washingtonian and Washington Post, and was also nominated for Best New Restaurant in the country by the James Beard Award Foundation. The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington awarded CHIKO with Best New Restaurant at their 2017 RAMMY Awards. In the Fall of 2018, CHIKO is expanding with another location in Washington, DC, as well as a location in San Diego, CA.

Lee has been featured in several national and local publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Lucky Peach, Washington Post, Washingtonian, and many more.

Curt Levey

Curt Levey, President, The Committee for Justice

Curt A. Levey is the President of the Committee for Justice. Curt Levey’s articles on the judiciary, constitutional law, and civil rights have appeared in leading national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Politico, and RealClearPolitics, and other prominent electronic and print outlets, as well as in law reviews and other legal publications. His expertise in judicial nominations and constitutional law is quoted in interviews featured in a white range of national outlets, including The New York TimesBloombergThe Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been a guest on more than two hundred radio and television programs, and has spoken to dozens of live audiences, including at bar association events and the nation’s top law schools

After graduating Harvard Law School with honors and clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Mr. Levey served as Director of Legal & Public Affairs at the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), a public interest law firm in Washington, DC. There he worked on landmark Supreme Court cases, including the University of Michigan affirmative action cases and the successful constitutional challenge to the Violence Against Women Act.

After CIR, he moved to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, where he headed the Title IX policy group until joining CFJ. He has served on the Virginia State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, as well as on the executive committee of the Federalist Society’s civil rights practice group.

Alina Liao

Alina Liao, Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, MindRight

Alina Liao is Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer at MindRight, a tech + social justice nonprofit with the mission to empower youth of color to heal from trauma from systemic oppression. Alina holds a Master of Business Administration & Master of Education from Stanford University. She has a Bachelor’s in English and Economics from Yale University. Prior to Stanford, Alina served as Vice President of an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, where she managed client cases and transformed the firm’s organizational strategy to more than double employee retention. She consulted for urban schools in talent strategy through her work with EdFuel, Education Pioneers, and Roses in Concrete Community School. She has 15+ years mentoring and teaching martial arts to youth in underserved communities through volunteer work in DC, East Palo Alto, and Oakland. Alina has certifications in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET).

Dan Matthews

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.

Grace Meng

Grace Meng, U.S. Congresswoman, New York’s 6th Congressional District

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens.

Grace is the first Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congressmember of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.

Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding every federal agency, program, and project within the United States government.

Grace is also a Senior Whip and Regional Whip for New York, and a founder and Co-Chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise that adversely affects communities.

Grace has passed several pieces of legislation in law. These include laws about religious freedom, making Queens historic sites part of the National Park Service, striking “Oriental” from federal law and protecting public housing residents from insufficient heat. Also signed into law were her measures to assist veterans and members of the military, and provisions to improve consumer protections and safeguards for children.

In addition, Grace has fought to expand opportunities for communities of color, young people and women, and she secured resources to help local small-businesses.

Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Grace attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.

Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons – Tyler and Brandon – and her dog, Bounce.

Catharina Min

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.

Kathy Moon

Katharine H.S. Moon, Professor of Political Science & Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies, Wellesley College

Katharine (Kathy) H.S. Moon is Professor of Political Science and the Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies at Wellesley College, where she has taught since 1993. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. She received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. She was born in San Francisco.

Kathy Moon’s current book project, “New Koreans: Defectors, Immigrants, and the Future of Democracy,” analyzes the political impact of migration and demographic change in South Korea and implications for “peninsular democracy.” She also authored Protesting America: Democracy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance, an analysis of the impact of South Korea’s democracy on the U.S.-Korea alliance, and Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations, which examines the interactions between traditional foreign policy and women/gender politics.

Moon is an affiliated research faculty at the Korea Institute, Harvard University, a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Korea Working Group, and of the Steering Committee of the National Committee on North Korea. She is a contributing columnist for Reuters and active in many media outlets.

Daniel Oh

Daniel Oh, Korea Branch Chief, Joint Staff Directorate of Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J-5), Department of Defense

LTC Daniel J. Oh currently serves as the Korea Branch Chief for the Joint Staff Directorate of Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J-5). He is responsible for advising the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of the Joint Staff J-5, and other senior Joint Staff leadership on political-military affairs related to the Korean Peninsula. The J-5 serves as the Joint Staff’s conduit for inter-U.S. government coordination and the Chairman’s foreign engagements. In his current capacity, LTC Oh works directly with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Department, the National Security Council, U.S. military combatant commands, and the Republic of Korea’s military on a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to Korea.

LTC Oh graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001 and was commissioned as a Military Police Officer. He transitioned to become a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer (FAO) in 2011. His previous FAO assignments include Assistant Professor in History, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Dili in Timor-Leste, and Chief of Strategic Plans and Engagements, Joint U.S. Military Affairs Group-Korea (JUSMAG-K), U.S. Embassy Seoul, Republic of Korea.

LTC Oh’s combat deployments include OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM I as a Platoon Leader and Battalion Logistics Officer, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 05-07 as the Battalion Chief of Operations, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08 as a Company Commander in Baghdad during the Surge. LTC Oh has a Bachelor’s in Science Degree in European History and German from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point along with a MA and PhD in Modern Korean History from the University of Chicago.

LTC Oh is from Ambler, PA and is married to Day Kim Oh of Alexander City, AL. They
have one daughter, Adelyn (6) and one son, Ethan (2).

Andrew Ou

Andrew Ou, Foreign Service Officer, Department of State

Andrew Ou was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, completed his secondary schooling in Nairobi, Kenya, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in international politics at Georgetown University. After working in the Japanese public service and education sectors for four years, Andrew completed a Masters degree in East Asian history at the University of Hawaii and East-West Center in Honolulu. He joined the State Department in September 2001, and has served in Jamaica, Hong Kong, the Korea Desk at State Department headquarters, the Japanese Foreign Ministry under the U.S.-Japan Diplomatic Exchange Program, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo covering Japanese politics, the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, China as Public Affairs Officer, and as the Deputy Director of the Office of Taiwan Coordination. Andrew is currently on assignment at the State Department’s Board of Examiners.

Jeannie Park

Jeannie Park, President, Harvard Asian American Alliance & Co-founder, A Coalition for a Diverse Harvard

Jeannie Park has been an advocate for the Asian American community throughout her 22 years as a journalist and now as a full-time volunteer and advocate. Her professional career included positions at Time, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and People; she was an Executive Editor at the latter two publications and and one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in magazines. She was founding president of the Asian American Journalists Association in NY, developing and promoting diverse leadership in the news business. She has been honored by numerous professional and community organizations including the National Association of Minority Media Executives, the Asian American Federation of New York and KoreanAmericanStory.org. She is a member of CKA, is a former advisor for NetKAL and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the KACF Board. She is the President of the 6,000-member Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and co-founded their Global Summits in 2010. She is also a Co-Founder of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, advocating for diversity and inclusion in higher education. She is also a member of the Council for the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, supporting efforts to increase their collections of Asian American women. She is the mother of two young adults.

April Reign

April Reign, Creator of #OscarsSoWhite, Akuarel

April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking, persuasive writing and effecting policy change, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.

As the creator of the viral hashtag-turned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite, April has been challenging the lack of representation of marginalized communities in Hollywood and beyond since 2015. Reign sustains a movement that has resulted in the most permanent systemic change ever seen in the over 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her name continues to be synonymous with this historic change, the results of which are reverberating throughout the entertainment industry and will do so for decades to come.

Reign is an influential and sought-after media presence, having built an impressive global organic social media following over several platforms, as well as a network of recognized celebrities, creators, activists, and decision makers at the corporate level. Reign capitalizes on this network and her experience, using her voice to spark conversations and explore issues of race, politics and culture, helping structure ways to turn dialogue into action.

April Reign travels internationally, speaking at academic institutions and conferences; is available for appearances at industry awards, festivals and events; and is highly sought-after for consulting with organizations regarding issues of diversity and inclusion.

Linda Shim

Linda Shim, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)

Linda Shim is the Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27). In this role, she serves as a senior advisor to the Congresswoman on legislative and political matters, and she oversees her Washington, D.C. and Pasadena, CA offices. Linda’s legislative portfolio includes intellectual property and telecommunications issues, and she oversees the Creative Rights Caucus, which is co-chaired by the Congresswoman. She also works closely with the staff of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) to carry out Congresswoman Chu’s policy priorities as chair. She served as Legislative Director and Counsel prior to her current role.

Previously, Linda was a Legislative Assistant to former Congresswoman Jane Harman (CA-36), who represented the South Bay area of Los Angeles. In this capacity, she primarily handled health care and women’s issues. She advised Congresswoman Harman on her legislative priorities during consideration of the Affordable Care Act and her priorities on military sexual assault. While in law school, she held legal internship positions at the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and Reed Smith, LLP.

Linda was raised in Palm Desert, CA and completed her B.A. in Political Science at the University of California-San Diego. She received her J.D. and Certificate in Public Policy from the Catholic University of America.

Charles Yoon

Charles Yoon, Partner, Yoon LLP

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

Yoon Young-kwan, Former Foreign Minister, Republic of Korea and Professor Emeritus of International Relations, 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.

Joseph Yun

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

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. Previously, Salle was a litigation partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  

Salle serves on the Board of Trustees for Scripps College and for the Asian Art Museum, as a member of the Leaders’ Circle of the Legal Services Corporation, and on the Board of the Council of Korean Americans.  Salle 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

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

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

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.