Associate Board

The Associate Board is a group of professionals who share the mission of our Foundation. As ambassadors of KACF, the Associate Board raises awareness of community issues and develops a new generation of philanthropists by mentoring young professionals in the Korean American community.


 

Jennifer Kang

Chair

Jennifer Kang is the Senior Manager of GTM Acceleration for Global Partner Marketing at Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in IT and networking. Prior to Cisco, she served as Marketing Director at DVTEL (now FLIR Systems), a manufacturer of video management systems and Marketing Specialist at Kratos Public Safety & Security, a physical security systems integrator. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Government/Law from Lafayette College. She enjoys spending time with friends, serving at her church, and learning the latest TikTok and GenZ trends from her 14-year old sister.

Matt Cho

Vice Chair

Matt is currently a Director of Finance & Strategy at Happify Health, a Digital Healthcare company whose mission is to improve access to mental, physical, and chronic care through a single digital self-care platform while driving mass-market adoption of Digital Therapeutics. Previously, Matt was an Associate in the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, a domestic, multi-asset class investing and lending business deploying over $1 billion annually in community and economic development. Matt received a BBA in Finance from the College of William and Mary with a minor in Mathematics. In his free time, Matt enjoys playing in recreational and fantasy sport leagues, video games, and traveling.

Avery Chang

Avery Chang is a Consumer Researcher at Samsung, where she focuses on innovation and design across the brand’s digital services. In her work, she builds future-forward, equitable technology by championing the consumer voice. With the KACF AB, she is excited to help build a more cohesive Korean American community by championing the voices of those underserved and vulnerable. She hopes to use her research background to inspire others to participate in KACF’s mission of giving. Avery received her B.A. in Psychology, with a Computer Science minor, from NYU. Outside of work, she enjoys tennis, reading poetry, and watching movies.

Jenny Gerstner

Jenny is a consultant with Deloitte Consulting and focuses on serving financial institutions. She received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jenny enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

JiHo Chang

JiHo Chang is the Senior Program Associate and Senior Technology Advisor at The John A. Hartford Foundation. As a member of the program team, he works closely with program officers and external consultants throughout the grantee evaluation and new proposal processes. JiHo earned his BA in Economics from New York University, his MPH from the University of Utah, School of Medicine, and his MHA from the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business.

Serena Jeon

Serena Jeon is currently an Associate at Morgan Stanley's Tactical Value Investing team. She is responsible for opportunistic investments across industries and capital structure, including private equity, private debt, and other hybrid structured investments. Prior to her current role, Serena was an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan, where she focused on M&A and capital structure optimization. She holds a B.S.E. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University. In her free time, Serena enjoys golfing, running, rock climbing and spending time with her cat.

Nicholas Kang

Nicholas Kang is a strategy consultant at FTI Consulting and focuses on serving real estate private equity clients and REITS. Nicholas has received his B.A. in economics from New York University. He joined the KACF Associate Board in order to take a more active role in the Korean community. In his free time, he enjoys grooving to the rhythm of the beat and spending quality time with friends and family.

Doyeun Kim

Doyeun Kim has served the United Nations for five years in various communications roles, including most recently for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, producing stories about global and equitable access to health, education and protection for children. She previously worked in media, and her writing has been published in The Atlantic and The Korea Times, among other platforms. Doyeun has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University.

Estée Kim

Estée Kim a collaborative program designer, facilitator, and human resources professional. She has eight years of experience across Human Resources with the last six years focused on talent management and designing programs for early career talent, teams, managers, and leaders. Currently, she is a Senior Talent Management and Development Officer at the Open Society Foundations. Estée holds a Master’s in Science degree in Organizational Behavior, Systems, and Analytics from the NYU – Tandon School of Engineering and has worked in industries of fashion, art, and philanthropy. Her life activities include rug tufting, aspirational floral design, and being a 24/7 shih tzu enthusiast.

Haylie Kim

Haylie Kim is a Management Consultant at McKinsey, primarily focused on serving private equity clients. She has received her B.A. from University of California, Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

Jeehae Kim

Jeehae Kim leads digital and e-commerce at MCM. She is passionate about community engagement, sustainability in fashion and retail, and women’s leadership. Jeehae graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Russian, and will be pursuing an MBA at Wharton starting 2021. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking for family and friends.

Peter Kim

Peter Kim is an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP where he focuses on litigation and international arbitration. He previously worked at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Peter received his B.A. from Columbia University, M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and J.D. from Columbia Law School. In his spare time, Peter enjoys an occasional glass of scotch.

Yohanna Kim

Yohanna Kim manages the digital marketing and eCommerce business in the U.S. for Vichy Laboratoires, a French skincare brand under the L'Oréal Group. In her role, she specializes in creating a consumer-centric experience that is digitally innovative and seamless. Prior to her career pivot into the beauty industry, she was studying to become a psychologist and worked with individuals with developmental disabilities. Yohanna received her degree in Psychology from Syracuse University, where she focused on advocating for mental health awareness as President of the Psychology Club. Her personal goal is to live a balanced lifestyle with a mix of yoga and side of fries!

Aary Lee

Aary Lee received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture at Yale University. Aary is currently an Associate Designer at Handel Architects, an architecture and interior design firm focused on creating a sustainable future. She serves as a Committee Member on the Sustainability Team at Handel and operates a floral and event design studio in her spare time.

Dawn Lim

Dawn Lim is a Community Impact professional currently at KPMG. Her background in Human Resources and passion for volunteering led her to her current role through which she leverages nonprofit relationships and employee engagement to maximize the impact of communities across the U.S. In her personal time, you will find Dawn spending time with her husband, traveling whenever possible, and catching up with friends and family.

Elle Pak

Elle is a Vice President at Purpose Venture Group, an impact advisory and venture incubation firm addressing climate change and economic inequality. She is deeply committed to developing an equitable transition to a sustainable, regenerative economy. Elle brings diverse work experience across finance, strategy, and operations in corporate and startup environments. She has held roles at Credit Suisse, HelloFresh, and DoorDash. Elle earned her MPA in Energy & Environment from Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs and BA in Economics from Yale University. In her free time, Elle enjoys hiking, cooking, and making ceramics.

Jacqueline Ryu

Jackie Ryu is a commercial real estate associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel where she represents clients on real estate transactions across the nation. Her most recent transactions include working on the $1.6 billion redevelopment of the new Moynihan Station, the ground lease for the casino and real property associated with Caesars Southern Indiana to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and the loan to Chelsea Piers. Jackie attended Georgetown University for her undergraduate degree and Fordham University for her JD. Outside of work, she enjoys trying out new recipes and spending time with her husband and toddler.
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