The Korean American Community Foundation is pleased to announce Jeannie Park as the new Chair of its Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2022. She succeeds Chul Pak, who has served as the Chair since 2020.
Since joining KACF’s Board of Directors in 2017, Jeannie Park has served as Co-Chair of the Development Committee, the 2019 Annual Gala, and our 20th Anniversary Gala. She also spearheaded the launch of KACF’s annual Giving Summit, the only conference of its kind that convenes Korean Americans from across the country to explore and celebrate giving in its myriad forms, including philanthropy, volunteerism, social enterprise, and other myriad forms.
“We are excited to have Jeannie as our next Board Chair,” says Kyung B. Yoon, President of KACF. “She has been a steadfast and visionary champion of our mission and community, and I look forward to working with her to strengthen and grow KACF’s impact.”
“It is an honor to serve with KACF’s incredible board in supporting Kyung Yoon and the amazing staff in advancing the organization’s work,” said Jeannie Park. “I remember the conversations 20 years ago when KACF was just an idea, and I am awestruck by how it has become a pillar of action and vision for the Korean American community as well as the philanthropic world. KACF has also been an essential part of my personal journey, helping me explore how I can best contribute to addressing—and hopefully not exacerbating—the serious challenges around us. If you’ve attended any of our programs, I hope you have also felt the inspiration and joy of our learning and giving community.”
Kyung B. Yoon adds, “We’d like to thank our outgoing Board Chair, Chul Pak, for his unwavering leadership through the most critical years of the pandemic. He has made enormous contributions to strengthening KACF and will continue to be an important ambassador for KACF as a board member.”
Jeannie Park has been a leader and advocate for diversity and racial equity throughout her career in media and nonprofit leadership. During her career as a journalist, she helmed the executive editor role at People Magazine and In Style Magazine and co-founded Time Inc.’s Asian American employee affinity group. In 1987, she helped found the Asian American Journalists Association’s New York chapter and served as a speaker and facilitator for its Executive Leadership Program for 20 years. Jeannie Park is also the Immediate Past President of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and the co-founder of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard.
About the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF): Since 2002, KACF’s mission has been to empower and transform the Korean American community through philanthropy, volunteerism and inter-community bridge building. We pursue these goals through grantmaking that promotes self-sufficiency for the underserved and under-resourced, raising awareness of the needs and issues of the marginalized, and by fostering a culture of giving. For more information, visit www.kacfny.org.