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.
Avery Chang | Co-Chair
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.
Yohanna Kim | Co-Chair
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!
Elliott Chang is a manager on the Growth team at Ethic, a sustainability-focused asset manager. Prior to his current role, he served as CCO of an asset management group based out of San Francisco. Elliott received his B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Statistical Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. In his free time, Elliott is active outdoors to balance his love for wine & whiskey, or hosting dinners with friends & watching a new film.
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.
Jane Dua is the Founder of nunchi, a fine jewelry brand on a mission to provide ethically made, carefully crafted designs that put people and the planet first. She has 12 years of industry experience, previously having grown a high-end jewelry brand from a 12-style assortment to a collection worn by celebrities including Beyonce, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Government and Communications from Cornell University. Beyond work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and pomsky, eating, and traveling.
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.
Heejay Kang is a Director of Brands at Target, responsible for launching and growing Target’s owned brands in the women’s fashion apparel & accessories space. Heejay received her B.S. from MIT and her MBA from Wharton. She has experience across finance, strategy, marketing, fashion and startups and is passionate about building consumer experiences. She loves a good cup of coffee (or cocktail), living a balanced lifestyle, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Kim is an Analyst at PJT Partners, primarily focused on M&A Activism and Strategic Investor Relations. Ryan received his B.S. in Business Administration in Finance from Georgetown University. He previously served in the Republic of Korea Army for two years. Outside of work, he enjoys running, playing basketball, and oil painting.
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 Han 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.
Jay Moon works at Incentrum Group, serving a select group of corporate clients as a strategic financial advisor and pursuing industry-focused private equity investments. Jay received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. On weekends, Jay continues searching for a consistent golf swing and balls he lost.
Elle Pak is a startup operator and advisor (previously at DoorDash, Papa, and HelloFresh) focused on social and environmental impact. She is currently building a new startup, Golden Home Modifications, a platform for home modifications to enable aging-in-place for older adults and individuals with disabilities. She is passionate about elderly health and wellness, caregiving, and aging in place. She is also the founder and negotiation coach at Slay Negotiation, which helps women, BIPOC, and immigrants with salary and compensation negotiation. Elle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs. In her free time, Elle enjoys hiking, reading, and making ceramics.
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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