Kyung B. Yoon
President & CEO
Kyung B. Yoon helped co-found KACF in 2002 and has served as our President since 2008. Her career in poverty alleviation, development economics, and media encompasses her roles as the Executive Producer of Television at the World Bank Institute and a correspondent for WNYW-Fox Channel 5 where she made history as the first Korean American broadcast reporter in NYC. Kyung is currently a contributing reporter to CUNY-TV’s Asian American Life, which is broadcast nationally on PBS stations and for which she received an Emmy nomination.
She has previously served as the board chair of Philanthropy New York and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, as a trustee of the New York Foundation, and as a board member of the United Way of New York City.
Kyung 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.
Vice President of Programs & Operations
Brennan Gang oversees KACF’s grantmaking strategy and portfolio, and oversees all of our programmatic and operational activities. Prior to KACF, she served as Program Officer for the New York Women’s Foundation. 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 and also spent three years in the hospitality industry as a Catering Manager in Denver, Colorado. She served a year in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps after college following her interest in volunteerism.
Brennan is a member of the Board of Directors of Philanthropy New York, the largest community of philanthropic funders in New York.
Brennan graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in English.
Sarah F. Song
Director of Development
Sarah F. Song oversees KACF’s fundraising and donor cultivation strategies. In her previous role at the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI), she built and launched the Korean Healthcare Program to provide free primary care to low-income, uninsured Korean Americans. Prior to BVMI, she provided management consulting to nonprofits serving marginalized and underrepresented communities as a KACF Capacity Building Fellow.
Previously, she was a litigation paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and a Fulbright research fellow in South Korea. She spent most of her formative years in China and Korea, through which she grew an interest in the region.
Sarah has a BA in International Studies from Boston College and is a graduate of the Master of International Affairs program at Columbia University.
Monica works closely with the staff to develop and implement the Foundation’s communications strategies. In her previous role as the Communications Officer of Korean Community Services, she established the organization’s communications infrastructure and developed strategies that grew the organization’s digital presence and bolstered its fundraising, advocacy, and crisis response efforts. Monica was inspired to pursue a career in nonprofit communications through the KACF Capacity Building Fellowship Program.
In her spare time, she binge-watches Korean dramas and British mystery series and works on a food travelogue focused on her time in Gangwon-do, South Korea.
Monica graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English and American Literature and Language.
Young supports KACF’s grantmaking and program initiatives. She has helped build programs for Korean American and Korean immigrant groups in grassroots organizations in the US and South Korea. This includes working as a Case Manager and Program Coordinator for Liberty in North Korea and leading education programs at Give Chances, a nonprofit that provides afterschool programs for underprivileged children and youth.
Originally from South Korea, and having lived in the United Kingdom during her formative years, restoring underprivileged Korean immigrant people groups has been her main interest.
She has a Master’s Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, a Master’s Degree in Cultural Management from City University of London, and a B.A. from Yonsei University.
Director of Finance & Administration
Dan oversees KACF’s financial operations and sustains the strength of its organizational infrastructure. Prior to joining KACF, he was the Senior Finance Manager at BRIC, an arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn. Born in Wisconsin, he then spent his first seven years in Chuncheon, South Korea before landing in Western Pennsylvania as his home up through high school.
Dan enjoys playing soccer and ping-pong, rooting on his Pittsburgh sports teams, and singing to his two cats.
He has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University.
Associate Director of Special Events
Joice supports KACF’s fundraising and development strategies and serves as a liaison between the Board of Directors and members of staff. At her previous role at Futures Ignite, she built the Enrichment Program, cultivating partnerships and organizing programming for students from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds.
Having lived all around the United States growing up, the Korean American and Korean immigrant community was what grounded her, and she is excited to work with and serve this community at KACF.
Joice graduated from Princeton University with a B.A in Anthropology and a certificate in Latin American Studies.
Elizabeth works closely with the President, Board of Directors, and Staff to facilitate planning and communications. She comes to KACF with extensive experience serving C-suite executives as a strategic consultant and investment banker.
Elizabeth was raised in Los Angeles and educated on the East Coast. She holds a B.S. in Economics with a minor in Expository Writing from MIT. She also holds a MBA from Cornell University and went on exchange with ESSEC’s Luxury Brand Management Program in Cergy-Pontoise.