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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Baek (Co-Chair) works in the Community Development Finance Group of Deutsche Bank where he helps manage the company’s community development lending and investing in the U.S. Prior to his current position, Jim spent several months, as a member of the MBA Corps, in the south Caucus country of Azerbaijan, where he worked with the central bank to develop a national mortgage fund. His other professional experiences include work in fundraising, policy and municipal bond finance. Jim and his wife currently live in Brooklyn. He received a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College and a MBA from the University of Michigan.  He is one of the founding members of KAPA and served as its Co-Chair from 2006 – 2011.

Christina Chang is the Advocacy & Organizing Associate of the MinKwon Center for Community Action. Prior to MinKwon, Christina worked at Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer’s office as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and General Counsel as well as the Korean American Community Liaison. Christina is a Fulbright Korea ETA alum and received her B.A. in Politics from Wellesley College.

Steven Choi is the Director of the Korean Community Law Project, a joint project between the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund and YKASEC – Empowering the Korean American Community. He has worked in the past with a variety of Asian American and Korean American groups, such as the Korean Youth and Community Center of L.A., the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. Steve holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Korean Studies from the University of Hawai’i, and an A.B. from Stanford University.  He is one of the founding members of KAPA.

Jennifer Kim is the Director of the Refugee Assistance Program of the City Bar Justice Center. Before coming to the City Bar, Ms. Kim was a litigation associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999 and an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the MinKwon Center for Community Action and was a member of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law.  She is one of the founding members of KAPA and served as its Co-Chair from 2006-2011.

Sue Mi Ko graduated from Harvard’s School of Education with a focus on Technology in Education.  She spent two years at a middle school teaching math and science and now works as a freelance video editor on corporate videos related to fashion and cosmetics.  On the side she produces her own videos.  Currently she is working on a small scale documentary on solar energy in the coalfields of West Virginia.

Bright Limm (Co-Chair) is a recent graduate of the CUNY School of Law. He splits his time between tutoring middle and high school students and doing civic and political work at KAPA. Bright received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 2006.

David Ng is currently a volunteer community organizer and activist. He was previously at Asian Americans for Equality where he had been mobilizing the Asian American community for greater civic participation and social progress in immigration, affordable housing, and community development. After graduating from Binghamton University with a BA in Political Science and Economics, where he was involved with the Vietnamese Student Association and New York Public Interest Group, he decided to focus on public service and work for the underserved. As a native New Yorker, he enjoys exploring the food and shops of the diverse neighborhoods of New York City.

John Park is a recent transplant from Chicago. While working on a PhD in literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught a variety of classes themed around cultural studies, his goal was to bridge Chicago’s Asian American academic, community service, art, and political groups. In this capacity, he became a founding member of both the Midwest Asian American Graduate Student Organization and the Greater Chicago Asian American Studies group, served on the Korean American Community Services Board and Asian American Resource and Cultural Center Advisory Board, was involved in the Chicago Asian American Artists Collective, and actively worked on local campaigns and ballot initiatives. In New York, John works in the nonprofit sector on community initiatives while doing some writing and editing on the side.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Nicholas Alt currently works part-time as a community outreach peer educator for the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) and as a research assistant for Wesleyan University.  He is involved with GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), and is a mentor for Chinese Progressive Association’s (CPA) mentor/mentee program, Shared Stories.  Nicholas graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Psychology in 2009 and plans to begin an MA program at William and Mary in Psychology.

Christopher M. Pak is an Investment Officer for the New York City pension funds in the New York City Comptroller’s Office. Prior to joining the NYC Comptroller’s Office, Chris worked in the Financial Advisory practice at Public Financial Management where he advised state, local governments, and non-profit institutions on the issuance of municipal bonds as well as on best practices for governmental finance. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Heekyong Yoon is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Min C. Chang located in Queens County.  She received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law and B.A. in Political Science and American & British Culture from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea.  Heekyong recently joined KAPA to support the Korean American community and aid KAPA in achieving its goal of maximizing the political influence of the Korean American community. 

Jennifer Kim (see above)

Sue Mi Ko (see above)

Bright Limm (see above)

David Ng (see above)

 
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