The KACF Annual Gala celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals and organizations in our community. Funds raised will support the work of KACF and our non-profit grantee partners in the Korean and Asian American communities, as well as initiatives for building bridges with our vibrant communities in New York City.


Past Honorees and Keynote Speakers 


  • 2022: Joseph Y. Bae, Co-CEO of KKR; Lee Jung-jae, Actor; Michelle Zauner, Author & Musician (Trailblazer Award)
  • 2021: Daniel Dae Kim, Actor & Producer; Youn Yuh-Jung, Actress; Awkwafina, Actress (Trailblazer Award)
  • 2020: KACF’s 2020 Grantee Partners; John M. Hong, M.D., Co-Founder of KACF; Lenzo Yoon, CEO, Global & Business, Big Hit Entertainment (Trailblazer Award)
  • 2019: Juju Chang, Co-Anchor, ABC News’ Nightline
  • 2019: Min Jin Lee, Author, Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko
  • 2018: Miky Lee, Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group
  • 2017: Chong-Moon Lee, Chairman & CEO, Ambex Venture Partners; Founder, CEO, Chairman & Chairman Emeritus of Diamond Multimedia Systems
  • 2016: Jeong H. Kim, Co-Founder, Kiswe Mobile, President Emeritus, Bell Labs
  • 2015: Ken Jeong, Actor, Comedian, Producer and Physician
  • 2014: Jin Roy Ryu, Chairman & CEO, Poongsan Group
  • 2013: John Kim, Vice Chairman & CIO, New York Life
  • 2012: Yongmaan Park, Chairman & CEO, Doosan Group
  • 2011: Higgin Kim, CEO, Byucksan Engineering
  • 2010: Sung-Joo Kim, CEO, MCM
  • 2009: Andrew Kim, Co-Founder, Sit/Kim Int’l Investment
  • 2008: Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Vice Chairman, Elsevier
  • 2007: William Rhodes, Chairman, President & CEO, Citibank
  • 2006: Dong-Jin Oh, CEO, Samsung Electronics America


Keynote Speakers & Special Guests/Awardees

  • 2021: Marilyn Strikland, U.S. Congresswoman (Washington’s 10th District)
  • 2020: Miky Lee, Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group / Juju Chang, Co-Anchor of ABC News’ Nightline  / BTS
  • 2019: Caroline Kennedy, Former US Ambassador to Japan
  • 2018: Chloe Kim, Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-Time X Games Gold Medalist
  • 2017: Marvin Myungwoo Chun, Dean, Yale College and Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science
  • 2016: Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
  • 2015: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
  • 2014: General Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • 2013: Martha Choe, CAO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2011: Howard Koh, US Asst. Secretary for Health
  • 2010: Senator Paull Shin, Washington State Senate
  • 2009: Jim Yong Kim, President, Dartmouth College
  • 2008: Wonil Cho, Former Ambassador, Korean Consul General
  • 2007: Jeannie Park, Executive Editor, PEOPLE Magazine
  • 2007: Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
  • 2006: Miguel Garcia, Ford Foundation


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