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ABOUT THE SUMMIT
KACF’s Inaugural Giving Summit will explore and celebrate giving in its myriad forms, including volunteerism, philanthropy and social enterprise. It will bring together Korean American community trailblazers, experts and supporters, innovators in philanthropy and social impact and others seeking ways to make a difference, especially in the lives of the most vulnerable among us. No matter our resources or skills, each of us can contribute meaningfully to our communities and causes, and this one-day conference will examine how we can become more impactful individual givers and how to harness our collective power to create meaningful change.
The Summit will culminate in a celebration of KACF’s 15th Anniversary, honoring Unsung Heroes in the Korean American community. Please join us for a special day that we hope will be illuminating, inspiring and energizing for us all.
Non Profit Organization & KACF Connector Registration: $50
General Registration (ends June 16th, 12PM): $125
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10:00-11:00 SUMMIT CHECK-IN
11:00-11:15 SUMMIT OPENING Building a Culture of Giving
11:15-12:00 PLENARY Why We Give: Insights from Leading Philanthropists
An intimate conversation with a power couple of New York City philanthropy and the Korean American community. How did they become givers? What inspires them to give?
- Moderator: Kyung B. Yoon, Executive Director, Korean American Community Foundation
- Speakers: So-Chung Shinn, Co-Host, The Portfolio TV; Young Associates Director, Metropolitan Opera Board; U.S. Board Chair, Sejong Soloists; Tony W. Lee, Managing Partner, One Rock Capital Partners; Past Board Chair, KACF
12:15-1:45 LUNCHEON Philanthropy Power Players: Meet the Korean Americans Shaping the Country’s Premier Foundations – Executives from some of America’s leading philanthropic organizations will share how they found their paths to careers in giving, as well as their lessons in how grantmakers, including individual ones, can best set giving priorities. They will also explore why Asian American communities are relatively invisible to institutional funders and what it would take to get those priorities changed.
- Moderator: Mae Hong, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors & Board Chair, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
- Speakers: Courtney Harvey, Executive Director, Women Moving Millions; John Kim, VP & Chief of Staff, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
2:00-2:45 KEYNOTE ADDRESS by RABBI ANGELA WARNICK BUCHDAHL Bridging the Divides: Making the Case for Giving
In her first address to a Korean American audience, Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl—the first ordained Asian American rabbi and Senior Rabbi at New York City’s Central Synagogue since 2014—will share her cross-cultural perspectives on giving. The daughter of a Buddhist Korean mother and a Jewish American father, with a Christian minister in her family as well, she has a personal experience with philanthropy that is multi-faceted and unique. She will illuminate how giving is a core element of Jewish culture, so that we might learn how better to instill a sense of philanthropy in the Korean American community.
3:00-4:15 PANEL SESSIONS
A: Response Time: Advocacy for the Community in a Period of Uncertainty- Experts and advocates immersed in such critical issues as immigration, healthcare and elder care will discuss the current needs of the community and how new and proposed legislation could impact Korean Americans. How can we advocate for the best possible outcomes for our community?
- Moderator: Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation
- Speakers: Steven Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition; Jessica Lee, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Council of Korean Americans
B: Social Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation of Givers – Our community’s history of entrepreneurship and small-business ownership is well established. What happens when you layer in the drive to make positive social change? Social-enterprise leaders will share what motivates them, as well as what they’ve learned from both their successes and their failures.
- Moderator: Isabel Guerrero, Co-Founder, Imago Global Grassroots
- Speakers: Andy Moon, Co-Founder and CEO, SunFarmer; Vince Jeong, Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company; Raymond John, Co-Founder and CEO, 12+
4:15-6:00 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR: Service Opportunities
4:30-5:45 GIVING WORKSHOPS
A: Impact Volunteering: How to Make a Difference – What do community organizations truly need from their volunteers? How do you find fulfilling volunteer opportunities? Organizations, volunteers and experts trade advice on how to create a great volunteer experience all-around. (Takes place with the Volunteer Fair.)
- Moderator: Suzane (Soo) Rhee Brown, Executive Director and Head of US Philanthropy, Morgan Stanley
- Speakers: Myung J. Lee, Executive Director, Cities of Service; Linda Lee, Executive Director, Korean Community Services; Kevin Chang, Enterprise Partnerships, Uber for Business
B: Grantmaking Essentials: Lessons for Giving from KACF’s Grant Process – With so much need in the community, how do foundations like KACF make hard decisions about funding? An interactive, behind-the-scenes look, in which you take the role of the grant-maker.
- Facilitator: Brennan Gang, Deputy Director and Director of Programs, KACF
C: Board Service: Exploring the Responsibilities and Rewards – What does it mean to be a board member of a non-profit organization? How does it differ from being a volunteer? Current members of boards will take us through the process and commitments that lead to meaningful board service and why they chose to take on these important roles.
- Moderator: Jane Hyun, Leadership Strategist and Author, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and Board Member, Operation Exodus Inner City
- Speakers: In Seon Hwang, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus, and Board Vice Chair, Hope for New York; Jeannie Diefenderfer, Experienced Senior Telecommunications Executive, Board Vice Chair, Tufts University, and former Board Vice Chair, Ms. Foundation for Women; Dr. S. Steven Yang, Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine; Principal and Director of Clinical Affairs, The Hand Center of the NYU Langone Medical Center-Hospital for Joint Diseases.
D: Charitable Giving Tools: How to Maximize Your Contribution Dollars – How can a donor of any resource level operate like a seasoned philanthropist? Philanthropy advisors will discuss how to assess your own budget and utilize tools such as donor-advised funds, planned giving and asset transfers to maximize the impact of your giving.
- Speakers: Julie Min Chayet, Managing Director and Market Trust Executive, U.S. Trust; Sandra Schubert, Vice-President, Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs & Co
6:00-8:00 CLOSING REFLECTIONS & 15th-ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Unsung Heroes Awards – Cheers to KACF’s 15 years! After a day of reflection and learning, we will raise a toast with friends old and new to KACF and to our first Unsung Heroes. Nominated by our grantee partners, the individuals whom we spotlight have overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and are giving back themselves, exemplify the spirit of generosity that we celebrate.
- Emceed by: Vivian Lee, NY1, Anchor and Reporter
Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl serves as the senior rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, the first woman to lead the large Reform congregation in its 175-year history. Rabbi Buchdahl first joined Central Synagogue as senior cantor in 2006. In 2014, she was chosen by the congregation to be senior rabbi.
Rabbi Buchdahl was invested as a cantor in 1999 and also ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where she was a Wexner Graduate fellow. She earned a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University in 1994. Born in Korea to a Jewish American father and a Korean Buddhist mother, Rabbi Buchdahl is the first Asian American to be ordained as cantor or rabbi in North America.
Rabbi Buchdahl has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the Today Show, NPR, PBS and was listed as one of Newsweek’s “America’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis.” She serves on the boards of Auburn Theological Seminary, Avodah Jewish Service Corps, and the UJA-Federation of NY. Rabbi Buchdahl and her husband Jacob Buchdahl have three children.
Suzane (Soo) Rhee Brown, Executive Director and Head of US Philanthropy for Morgan Stanley, KACF Board of Directors
Suzane (Soo) Rhee Brown is the Executive Director and Head of US Philanthropy for Morgan Stanley. In her role she oversees the Community Affairs department and manages the Morgan Stanley Foundation with the Global Head of Philanthropy. In 2012, Ms. Rhee Brown was also selected as one of Morgan Stanley’s “50 Rising Stars” amongst female Vice Presidents. Outside of work, Ms. Brown has served on the Steering Committee of KACF, the core leadership of Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work, and the board of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP). She is currently involved in fundraising and admissions efforts for St. Lawrence University and on ACCP Director’s Council. She attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. for her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology, and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service for her M.P.A. Ms. Rhee Brown resides in NJ with her husband and two young daughters.
Julie Min Chayet, Managing Director and Market Trust Executive, U.S. Trust
*In her role at U.S. Trust, Julie does not provide legal advice.
Steven Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Steve Choi is currently the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, a 200-member coalition that represents New York State’s immigrant communities and is the leading organization representing issues of immigrant health, education, integration, and civic engagement. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Choi was the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, which organizes, advocates for, educates and serves Korean and Asian community members in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Choi was Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, the only project onthe East Coast focused on providing free legal services to low-wage Korean immigrants. His previous experience includes working for the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center in Boston, Greater Boston Legal Services, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Los Angeles. Mr. Choi received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. from the University of Hawai’i, and a B.A. from Stanford University in History with Honors. He is the recipient of the 2013 New York Law Journal’s “Rising Stars” Award, the 2012 NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, the Korean American Association’s “Man of the Year” Award, the Skadden Fellowship, the Wasserstein Fellowship, the Skirnick Public Interest Fellowship, and the Harvard Law School Asian Pacific American Alumni Award. Mr. Choi also currently serves on the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and is a member of the Advisory Committee of Governor Cuomo’s Exploited Workers Taskforce.
Jeannie Diefenderfer, Experienced Senior Telecommunications Executive, Board Vice Chair, Tufts University, and former Board Vice Chair, Ms. Foundation for Women
Jeannie Diefenderfer has over 28 years of technical and operational experience with 10+ years in executive leadership positions in Verizon Communications, a Dow 30 company, including a 10,000-person global customer care organization for Verizon’s largest enterprise customers. Ms. Diefenderfer achieved over a billion dollars in synergies for the firm during the three years she served as the Chief Procurement Officer when she managed a $10 billion-plus purchasing program. In addition, as the senior vice president of Global Engineering & Planning, she implemented a network capital program of over $10 billion to expand Verizon’s global backbone network across six continents, as well as its nationally renowned Fios network. Ms. Diefenderfer is an independent director on the boards of MRV Communications, Inc., Westell Technologies, Inc., and Windstream Holdings, Inc., and Chair of the Accenture Network Advisory Council. She is a Vice Chair and a Trustee of Tufts University, and has served on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women for 8 years. From 2001 to 2008, she was a member of the board of Independent Trustee s at Citizens Funds, an SRI mutual fund complex. Internal to Verizon, she has served on the boards of several Employee Resource Groups, including the Minority Multicultural Association of NYNEX, Women’s Association of Verizon Employees, and the Asian Focus Group. Mrs. Diefenderfer was featured in the 1999 Crain’s New York Business “40 under 40,” as one of 40 young “rising stars” and was a member of the 1999 class of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. In addition, she received the 1999 Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and the 2001 Star Award from the New York Women’s Agenda. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Diefenderfer immigrated to the US when she was 13 years old. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and an MBA from Babson College.
Isabel Guerrero, Co-Founder, Imago Global Grassroots
Isabel Guerrero is driven to change the world in which she lives. Throughout her career, she’s helped those with the least break out of the cycle of poverty, while celebrating the intrinsic beauty and dignity in each person. With this goal in mind, Isabel and Zachary Green co-founded IMAGO Global Grassroots, an organization focused on giving people living in poverty the tools to build their own destiny. Isabel worked for 30 years within the structures of the international development system at the World Bank, including five years as Vice-President for the South Asia region, managing a US$39 billion portfolio. While presenting a different set of challenges, Isabel’s work with IMAGO offers tremendous potential to change the world through tackling some of the most intractable development problems we face today.
Courtney Harvey, Executive Director, Women Moving Millions
Courtney Harvey is the Executive Director of Women Moving Millions, a non-profit whose mission is to catalyze unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. She has broad experience in the non-profit sector, in corporate philanthropy, program development, humanitarian aid, fundraising, communications, and operations. The common thread in her work is her commitment to resourcing the movement for gender equity with greater financial and intellectual capital. She joined Women Moving Millions in 2013 as the Director of Operations. Prior to that she worked at the Thomson Reuters Foundation where she helped establish their NY office, build their women’s rights reporting site, and launch their conference on women’s rights and trafficking issues in partnership with the New York Times International. Courtney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and in Government and Political Science from Millersville University. She also holds a MSc in Gender Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mae Hong, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors & Board Chair, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Mae Hong is the Director of the Chicago office of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. In this role she is responsible for building RPA’s presence in serving individual donors, foundations and corporations throughout the Midwest. Bringing more than 15 years of nonprofit and philanthropy experience to RPA, she previously served as Program Director at the Field Foundation of Illinois. She completed her graduate work in social service administration at The University of Chicago. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, she worked in the publishing industry for several years following her graduation from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
In Seon Hwang, Managing Director, Executive Management, Healthcare and Consumer, Warburg Pincus
In Seon Hwang is based in New York, joined Warburg Pincus in 2004 and leads the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare, consumer and retail sectors. Mr. Hwang is also a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group. Previously, he worked at GSC Partners, Goldman Sachs and the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Hwang currently serves as a director of Glansaol, Outset Medical, Silk Road Medical and Specialists on Call. Mr. Hwang also serves on the External Advisory Board of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and on the board of Hope for New York. Mr. Hwang received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jane Hyun, Leadership Strategist and Author, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and Board Member, Operation Exodus Inner City
Jane Hyun is a global leadership strategist and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. As a trusted coach to organizations, her expertise in cross-cultural effectiveness and talent development comes from 26 years of firsthand experience in high-stakes business environments. She helps organizations leverage diverse teams to drive high performance and collaboration. The firm’s signature programs (Bamboo Ceiling Leadership Series & Leading with Cultural Fluency) have impacted thousands of leaders across a variety of industries. In the first part of her career, Jane held management posts in Operations and as VP of Talent/HR at JPMorgan, and was Director of Recruiting at Deloitte and Resources Global. She has worked with sales teams, guided leadership through merger integration and divestiture, led organizational change initiatives, and designed onboarding/mentoring programs. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics/International Studies, she is an advisor to the Task Force for Talent Innovation, the American Heart Association Diversity Council, and Operation Exodus, a NYC-based nonprofit that provides academic tutoring and mentoring to Latino youth in Washington Heights. She recently served as research director for The Conference Board’s How Culture Shapes Leadership Styles in Asia study. Jane’s insights are featured in media such as CNN, CNBC, NPR, Harvard Business School/WorkingKnowledge, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. Her groundbreaking book, Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, opened a critical dialogue about Asians in corporate America. She is the co-author of Flex: the New Playbook for Managing Across Differences.
Vince Jeong, Senior Associate, McKinsey & Company
To date, Vince has worked on tackling economic and social development issues across diverse sectors and geographies. After serving a range of private and social sector clients at McKinsey & Company, he ran health systems improvement projects on the ground for Touch Foundation (a USAID-funded NGO in Tanzania) and led the launch of a youth education venture for Polymath Ventures (a startup studio in Colombia that designs and builds new businesses for emerging markets). Vince has a deep interest in promoting inclusive economic growth through private sector development in underserved markets. His master’s thesis diagnosed underlying challenges that pervade America’s small businesses and analyzed potential solutions for stimulating growth in this vital economic segment. Vince holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a BSE in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University where he graduated at the top of his department.
Raymond John, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of 12+
Raymond John is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of 12+, an education non-profit dedicated to increasing educational equity by building school cultures that inspire academic achievement and empower students to pursue education beyond the 12th grade. Raymond graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he developed his steadfast belief in education as a path to opportunity for those struggling with poverty. This led him to partner with his close friends from Penn and start 12+ shortly after college. In 2012 and 2014, Raymond was bestowed the Philadelphia City Council Citation of Honor and Recognition for his work in Education. In 2013, he was awarded the Philadelphia Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education Grant and was selected as a Fellow for the 2014 Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab.
John Kim, VP and Chief of Staff, Annie E. Casey Foundation
John Kim is currently Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kim joined Casey in 2002 as a program associate for what is now called the Child Welfare Strategy Group, where he worked with states and jurisdictions on strategies to reform their child welfare and juvenile justice systems and reduce the number of young people placed in institutional settings by public systems. In 2005, he was named the Foundation’s director of grants management, where he oversaw the distribution of grant funds to more than 600 grantees annually and directed an overhaul of the organization’s grant-making process. Kim earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore while working at Casey and holds a B.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in international affairs from Georgetown University. In 2010, he left the Foundation for two years to serve as the director of strategic initiatives for the federal Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. His experience inside the government gave him an appreciation for “the politics, multiple stakeholders and competing interests leaders must attend to in order to make anything happen.” As Vice President and Chief of Staff at Casey, Kim brokers the relationships and engagement with the Board of Trustees and its interaction with the Foundation’s Senior Leadership Team to help the president and his staff stay focused on the Foundation’s mission. Kim also oversees organizational development and human resources. Growing up in a Korean-immigrant family that worked in retail in the Southside of Chicago, Kim said he noticed at an early age that “there were vast disparities in the opportunities people had depending on where they grew up in the city.” Kim said working at Casey has taught him that “if you are actively engaged in finding the right solutions, have the right resources and point of view about what it takes to bring about change, you can actually improve lives.”
Daniel Jae-Won Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
Daniel Jae-Won Lee is the Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, which supports pioneering social change in the areas of HIV/AIDS, worker rights and well-being and social justice in communities touched by Levi Strauss & Co.’s business. During his tenure, the Foundation’s signature initiatives have included Pioneers in Justice (supporting next-generation civil rights and movement leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Worker Well-being (partnering with suppliers to improve the well-being of makers in the apparel industry). He serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Funders Concerned about AIDS, and advisory councils of Astraea Foundation, Global Fund for Women and Horizons Foundations. Previously, he was Senior Program Officer for Asia Pacific at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He received his AB in religion from Princeton University and Master of Divinity from Harvard University.
Jessica Lee, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Council of Korean Americans
Jessica Lee is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). Jessica works closely with the Executive Director and CKA members to define CKA’s policy agenda and advocacy strategy. Jessica leads research and analysis on leading issues of importance to Korean Americans and crafts strategic messages for policymakers, opinion leaders, the press, and society at large. Prior to joining CKA, Jessica 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 brings a decade of public and private sector experience in Washington, including as the director of a nonprofit organization specializing in women’s leadership training and development; a senior manager of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm; and as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia portfolio for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior legislative assistant on trade and international affairs for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee. Jessica received a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and a A.M. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University. Jessica has advanced proficiency in Korean.
Linda Lee, Executive Director, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS)
Linda Lee has dedicated her career to improving the lives of marginalized New Yorkers through her previous work at the NYS Health Foundation and currently, as the Executive Director of Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS), which serves over 1,300 immigrants daily. Linda’s leadership enabled KCS to be named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014 for its work around the Affordable Care Act and in 2015, KCS opened a New York State licensed Article 31 Mental Health Clinic to serve the Korean-American community with mental health services. She has increased KCS’ profile by creating dynamic partnerships with policy-makers, other organizations, coalitions, and city/state wide government agencies while strengthening KCS’ internal structure and operations. She currently serves on Community Board 11, is a Board Member of NAMI NYC-Metro, received her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.
Myung J. Lee, Executive Director, Cities of Service
Myung J. Lee is Executive Director of Cities of Service, e national nonprofit organization that works with city leaders to tap the knowledge, creativity, and service of citizens to solve public problems together. Cities of Service represents a growing, nonpartisan coalition of more than 225 cities in the U.S. and UK. Myung has extensive nonprofit management and private-sector experience, and has previously served as a Deputy Commissioner with the City of New York Administration for Children’s Services and as a program officer and associate general counsel at the Corporation for National Service, where she helped to launch AmeriCorps. Myung received her juris doctorate from Georgetown Law and her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Andy Moon, Co-Founder and CEO, SunFarmer
Andy Moon has spent his career focused on the intersection of environment and international development. He has worked in the solar energy industry since 2009, closing or advising over $200MM in renewable energy transactions. Andy started his career at McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability and Nonprofit practices in New York, where he co-authored widely cited papers on climate change and public health and worked closely with major foundations and multilateral organizations. Andy has spent summers volunteering in Cambodia and the Philippines, and has a longstanding interest in public health through his work as an early fundraiser and energy advisor to the nonprofit Possible. In his free time he enjoys writing and playing music, outdoor activities, and trying to work up the discipline to write for the SunFarmer blog. Andy holds a Phi Beta Kappa honors degree from Stanford University, is an alumnus of Y Combinator and the New York Venture Fellows program, and was named a 2016 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Sandra Schubert, Vice-President, Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Sandra Schubert is an Investment Advisor in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs & Co. She leads a team of 8 professionals, supervising $2 billion of client assets for ultra high net worth families, foundations, and endowments. Sandra joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 after receiving her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she was a media and telecom strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, and also spent several years in Seoul, Korea and in Paris, France heading the ELLE Merchandise operations of Hachette Filipacchi Presse in Korea. Sandra received her undergraduate degree in Political Science magna cum laude from Middlebury College. She serves the community as a Trustee and Investment Committee Chair of the Brooklyn Public Library, the 4th largest library system in the country, and as a Trustee of the Concordia Conservatory in Bronxville. She is also the Founder and Co-Chair of the Asian Professionals Network for the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. She resides in New York with her husband, Peter, and their two children.
Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation
Jo-Ann Yoo is the executive director of the Asian American Federation, a membership organization that works with the over sixty nonprofits that represent and support the pan-Asian community. Jo-Ann’s professional experiences include program management and operations, fundraising, and advocacy in the fields of community development and immigrant rights. Previous employers include the New York Immigration Coalition and Asian Americans for Equality. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, an umbrella organization representing and serving some 1,500 member nonprofit organizations throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. Additionally, she serves on the New York State AARP’s Diversity Council. For ten years, she served on the board of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community development needs of the AAPI communities. She was also a member of the first cohort of New York City Coro’s New American Leaders Program and served on the Alumni Advisory Board of Coro New York. Established in 1989, the Asian American Federation is a pan-Asian non-profit organization representing a network of community service agencies in the Northeast. These agencies work in the fields of health & human services, education, economic development, civic participation, and social justice. The Asian American Federation’s mission is to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness and organizational development.
Host Committee (in formation)
Theresa Choh-Lee and H.J. Lee
Eun Sun Chun
Laura and Mun Hong
Jane and In Seon Hwang
Eun Joo Kim
Nayun and Simon Kim
Sara and Daniel Kim
Sharon Grace Kim
Sunhee Kim and Rich Park
Hajin Lee and Michael Chung
Hayan and David Lee
Lisa Lee and Jun Choi
Myung J. Lee
J. Robin Moon
Brigette and Suok Noh
Soo Rhee Brown
Sue and Sonny Whang
S. Steven Yang
Bona Yoo and Sangwook Lee
Eun Sun Chun
S. Steven Yang
Community Partners (in formation)