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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.
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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 (Kimmel Center Lobby, ground floor)
11:00-11:15 SUMMIT OPENING Building a Culture of Giving (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th floor)
11:15-12:00 PLENARY Why We Give: Insights from Leading Philanthropists (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th floor)
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: Jeannie Park, Former Executive Editor, InStyle and People; KACF Board of Directors
- Speakers: So-Chung Shinn Lee Chair, Metropolitan Opera Young Associates Program; Metropolitan Opera Board of Directors; U.S. Board Chair, International 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 (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th floor) – 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 (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th floor) – 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 (Room 802) – 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; Peter Lee, Filmmaker and Co-Founder, Jebby Productions
B: Social Entrepreneurs: The Next Generation of Givers (Room 914) – 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+
4:00-6:00 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR: Service Opportunities (Room 406)
4:30-5:45 GIVING WORKSHOPS
A: Impact Volunteering: How to Make a Difference (Room 405) – 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 (Room 802) – 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 (Room 914) – 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; S. Steven Yang, Clinical Professor, NYU School of Medicine; KACF Board Chair; I Have a Dream Foundation Board of Directors, former Council of Korean Americans Board of Directors.
D: Charitable Giving Tools: How to Maximize Your Contribution Dollars (Room 912) – 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.
- Moderator: Louis Hau Vice President – Senior Research Writer at Moody’s Investors Service
- 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 (Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th floor) – 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, Anchor and Reporter, NY1
*Suggested Dress: Business Casual
Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue
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.
SUMMIT SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS
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.
Kevin Chang, Enterprise Partnerships, Uber for Business
Kevin currently works at Uber and is part of the Uber for Business effort, bringing mobility solutions to the enterprise space. After serving KACF in a number of capacities (on both the Community Grant Committee and KACF’s Steering Committee), Kevin helped to launch the Teddy Kim Foundation in memory of his friend Edward Kim, who passed away from Leukemia in 2012. To date, the organization has launched an annual university scholarship, 4 annual golf events, 2 bone marrow drives and issued its first grant to the Leukemia Research Foundation. He and his wife live in Hell’s Kitchen Manhattan and attend Joy Christian Fellowship.
Julie Min Chayet, Managing Director and Market Trust Executive, U.S. Trust
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, Steve 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. Steve received a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA. from the University of Hawai’i and a BA from Stanford University in History with Honors. He is the recipient of the 2013 New York Law Journal’s “Rising Stars” Award and the 2012 NAPABA Best Lawyers Under 40 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.
Michael S. W. Chung, Deputy Global Head of Equities at Millennium Management LLC, KACF Board of Directors and Giving Summit Co-Chair
Mr. Chung is the Deputy Global Head of Equities at Millennium Management LLC, a global investment management firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Chung is responsible for the selection and management of Millennium’s equity portfolio managers and teams globally alongside the Global Head of Equities. Prior to joining Millennium, Mr. Chung was the Head of Global Distressed and U.S. Credit Strategies at Arrowgrass Capital Partners where he worked since inception as a Founding Partner. Prior to Arrowgrass, Mr. Chung spent 4 years working at Deutsche Bank where he was the Head of Distressed and Event Driven Strategies at Omnis, a proprietary trading unit of the bank. Mr. Chung began his career at Lehman Brothers as a research analyst for the firm’s distressed business. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.
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. Jeannie 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 served on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women for 8 years. Internal to Verizon, she 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. She was featured in the 1999 Crain’s New York Business “40 under 40” and was a member of the 1999 class of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. A native of Seoul, she 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.
Brennan Gang, Deputy Director & Director of Programs, KACF
Brennan oversees KACF’s grantmaking and other program-related initiatives. Most recently, she served as Program Officer for the New York Women’s Foundation where she helped to manage over $2 million grantmaking budget, including strategic review and analysis of grant applications, and develop short- and long-term strategies in three areas of work: grantmaking, capacity building, and public education and advocacy. Before joining the New York Women’s Foundation, Brennan spent two years in Seoul, South Korea, teaching English as a Second Language and exploring her heritage. Prior to this journey, she spent three years in the hospitality industry as a Catering Manager in Denver, Colorado. Following her interest in volunteerism, she served a year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps after college. Brennan is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a B.A in English.
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.
Louis Hau Vice President – Senior Research Writer at Moody’s Investors Service
Louis Hau is a vice president and senior research writer at Moody’s Investors Service. Before joining Moody’s in 2012, Lou spent 20 years in journalism, working as a reporter and editor for a variety of news outlets. He has served as Seoul bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires, deputy editor of Billboard magazine, and has been a staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times and Forbes.com. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
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
Based in New York, In Seon Hwang joined Warburg Pincus in 2004 and leads the firm’s investment activities in the healthcare, consumer and retail sectors. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group. Previously, he worked at GSC Partners, Goldman Sachs and the Boston Consulting Group. In Seon currently serves as a director of Glansaol, Outset Medical, Silk Road Medical and Specialists on Call. He 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. In Seon received a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA 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. Her expertise in cross-cultural effectiveness and talent development comes from 26 years of firsthand experience in high-stakes business environments. 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. A graduate of Cornell University, 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. Jane’s insights are featured in media such as CNN, CNBC, NPR, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, 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
As Vice President and Chief of Staff at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. John 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; he also oversees organizational development and human resources. In 2005 John was named the Foundation’s director of grants management, overseeing the distribution of funds to more than 600 grantees annually. John holds a law degree from the University of Baltimore, a BA in public policy from the University of Chicago, and an MA in international affairs from Georgetown. 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. Growing up in a Korean-immigrant family that worked in retail in the Southside of Chicago, John 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.”
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.
Vivian Lee, Anchor and Reporter, NY1.
Vivian Lee joined NY1 in 2008 and has anchored and reported on local, national and international high profile stories since then. In March 2013, she reported from Vatican City for several weeks leading up to Francis’ election as pope and was the first reporter of the NYC market to break news that a new pope had been elected. In September 2015 she anchored NY1’s team coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Cuba and the U.S. Vivian has also anchored hours of continuous coverage of breaking news, including the assassination of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 and the mid-air collision of a helicopter and plane over the Hudson River in 2009 that killed nine people. In 2012 she reported from the flooded Financial District hours after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC. Vivian’s numerous volunteer efforts have included tutoring for APEX, video production for KAFSC, and service contributions to The Bowery Mission. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
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.
Jeannie Park, former Executive Editor, InStyle and People; KACF Board of Directors and Giving Summit Co-Chair
Jeannie Park has been an advocate for the Asian American community throughout her 22 years as a journalist and now as a full-time nonprofit volunteer. Her professional career included positions at Time, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and People—read by 40 million a week—where she was an Executive Editor 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 for her achievements by numerous organizations, including the National Association of Minority Media Executives, APEX (Asian Professional Extension), the Asian American Federation of New York and KoreanAmericanStory.org. In addition to her new role as a KACF Board member, she serves as a Board VP of the Third Street Music School Settlement and 1st VP of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance. She is the mother of two young adults.
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.
So-Chung Shinn Lee, Co-Host, The Portfolio TV; Young Associates Director, Metropolitan Opera Board; U.S. Board Chair, Sejong Soloists
So-Chung Shinn Lee is the chairman of the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Associates Program, board member of the Metropolitan Opera’s board of directors, and U.S. board chairman of the International Sejong Soloists chamber ensemble. Other past community volunteer efforts have included serving as board member and gala chair of the Korean American Family Service Center and chair of the Arts and Our Faith committee for Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. A former managing editor of Opera News and executive editor of Interior Design magazines, she served as an editor of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 Season Books for the Metropolitan Opera. She co-hosted The Portfolio, a nationally broadcast television talk show about Korean Americans’ career choices, and enjoys working occasionally as a voiceover artist. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she will begin master degree studies at the Manhattan School of Music in voice from September 2017. She is married to Tony W. Lee and is the mother of their three children.
Dr. S. Steven Yang, Clinical Professor, NYU School of Medicine; KACF Board Chair; I Have a Dream Foundation Board of Directors, former Council of Korean Americans Board of Directors
Steven Yang is a Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Affairs at The Hand Center of the NYU Langone Medical Center-Hospital for Joint Diseases. Formerly, he was the Director of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and served on the Medical Executive Committee of MEETH-North Shore-LIJ Health System. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He received a BS from Yale University and an MD from the Duke University School of Medicine. He holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in general and orthopedic surgery at the Lenox Hill Hospital and had fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Steven also serves on the Board of Directors of the I Have A Dream Foundation and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Korean Americans.
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 over sixty nonprofits that represent and support the pan-Asian community 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. Jo-Ann’s 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. 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.
Kyung B. Yoon, Executive Director, Korean American Community Foundation (KACF)
A founding Board member of KACF, Kyung assumed the position of Executive Director in November 2008. A longtime community leader and advocate for promoting philanthropy in the Asian American community, Kyung brings professional skills honed from her previous experience in the fields of communications and poverty alleviation. Formerly an award-winning correspondent for WNYW Fox Channel 5 News, Kyung was the first Korean American broadcast reporter in New York. She went on to join the World Bank as the Executive Producer of Television where she created and hosted Global Links Television, an international documentary series focused on poverty issues and economic development, which has been broadcast in more than 60 countries around the world. Kyung serves on the boards of the New York Foundation, Asian American & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Philanthropy New York, and the United Way of New York City. She is a former Vice President of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and former Board Chair of the New York Asian Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization that helps women and children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse including human trafficking. She is also a contributing reporter to Asian American Life on CUNY-TV, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2015. Kyung was born in Seoul Korea and came to the United States at the age of six. She holds a BA in English and political science from Wellesley College, and an MA in development economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She and her husband, George Wang, have two sons.
Eun Sun Chun
S. Steven Yang
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
Community Partners (in formation)