Program & Speakers

Last Updated: November 27, 2017


CKA Members Reception
Thursday, October 19

6:00 – 8:00 PM
CKA Members Reception

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC)
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Senate Briefing | CKA Members Meeting
Friday, October 20

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Executive Director, Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs

Congressional Staff Member

President and CEO, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Congressional Staff Member

Director of Policy and Advocacy, CKA

Congressional Staff Member

Principal, Monument Policy Group

Assistant Director, US-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Senate Briefing

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This special briefing by the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) featured remarks by current and former congressional staff and advocates on the ways that the Korean American community can organize more effectively toward change. We also discussed current developments in the Korean Peninsula and ways that concerned constituents could voice their perspectives to elected officials. This was a public event.

12:30 – 3:30 PM
CKA Members Meeting

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC)

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Chef and Owner, Jinjuu
TV Host and Author, Korean Food Made Simple

Chef and Co-Owner, Mandu

Chef and Co-Owner, Mandu

Chef Showcase

National Union Building (918 F St NW, Washington, DC)
Limited Ticket Event – Click here for separate registration

Judy Joo Danny Lee Yesoon Lee

CKA’s first-ever Chef Showcase – a special, exclusive cooking demonstration – featured Judy Joo, a restaurateur, TV personality, author, and Iron Chef (UK), who flew in from London to present a delicious and creative tasting menu for event attendees, together with DC’s own respected chefs Danny and Yesoon “Mama” Lee. Danny and Yesoon are co-owners of DC’s first authentic Korean restaurant, Mandu, and make regular appearances at celebrity chef charity events in our nation’s capital.

National Summit
Saturday, October 21

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Breakfast / Check-in
9:00 – 9:20 AM
Welcome Remarks & Introduction to CKA
9:20 – 10:20 AM

Reporter and Anchor, 6ABC Action News

Senior Analyst for Public Policy & Government Relations, Google

Founder, Jubilee Media

Host at ISAtv and Co-Founder of WeGolden Productions

Korean American Influencers in the Age of YouTube

Nydia Han Andrew S. Kim Jason Y. Lee Ami Park

This panel explored Korean American content creators who shared their talents, stories, and support for community. Panelists shared their journey as Korean American influencers and how their exposure on YouTube and new media helped reach a broad audience.

Panel Sponsor:

Google Inc.
10:20 – 10:30 AM
Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Senior Expert on North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace

Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Vice President, Yangbian Univ. of Science and Tech. Pyongyang Univ. of Science and Tech Foundation

Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar, Harvard Medical School

Perspectives on Working on the Ground in North Korea

Frank Aum Jean Lee Day Kim Oh Kee B. Park

The media’s coverage of ongoing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, including North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests and the potential for military conflict, has often obscured the lives and day-to-day challenges of the North Korean people. This panel of practitioners, who have recently visited North Korea or work on issues that address the welfare of the North Korean people, discussed their projects and experiences related to North Korea, the condition of the North Korean people, and future challenges and opportunities in light of the current political situation and the implementation of the travel ban.

11:30 – 12:30 PM

Associate General Counsel, Verizon

Board Chair of CKA and COO of MyoKardia

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Partner, Clarus Ventures, LLC

Partner, Cooley, LLP

KA Women: Overcoming Hurdles in a Male Corporate Culture

Jin Y. Hwang June Lee Catharina Min Michele Park, PhD Michelle Rhyu

This panel of accomplished women discussed the hurdles they have faced in their respective careers, concrete and proactive steps they took to overcome them, and the challenges that lie ahead. They also discussed the roles of mentors and sponsors, when to “lean-in,” how to ask for a promotion or pay, and how to start cultivating your own circle of influence.

12:30 – 1:00 PM
Networking Break
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Founder of NYX Cosmetics and PERVERSE Sunglasses

Correspondent/Host CGTN America and Founder of Lotus Media House

Lunch / Fireside Chat

Toni Ko May Lee

Forbes magazine recently named Ko, a highly successful, serial entrepreneur, as one of “America’s Richest Self-Made Women”. Ko shared her personal story as a Korean American and how she built the multi-million dollar cosmetics company, NYX, and most recently, PERVERSE sunglasses. This intimate fireside chat was with Toni Ko and veteran journalist May Lee.

2:00 – 2:50 PM
Advocacy Breakout Sessions

This was an opportunity for Summit participants to discuss in small groups about advocacy in four areas: North Korea, immigration, media and diversity, and women in leadership. Facilitators managed the conversation and pointed people to specific ways that they can engage, organizations that can serve as resources, and affect change at the national level.

2:50 – 3:50 PM

Co-Founder and Board Member,

Co-Founder and President,

Former Executive Editor, People Magazine







CEO, Kollaboration, and General Partner, Knighted Ventures

Author of The Calligrapher’s Daughter and a finalist at ROAR Story Slam 2016

Reporter and Anchor, 6ABC Action News, Philadelphia

opinions social media editor, The Washington Post, and president, Asian American Journalists Association-D.C. Chapter

ROAR Story Slam: Celebrating Korean American Voices

Theresa Choh-Lee HJ Lee Jeannie Park


David Choi Peter Hamilton Gina Kim Joey Kim Anthony Luckett Kyung Yoon


Roy Choi Eugenia Kim Nydia Han Gene Park

For thousands of years Koreans have shared our journeys, our emotions and our ideals through the everyday art of storytelling.

​CKA ​and​ were pleased to co-host this storytelling contest to shine a spotlight on the best Korean American stories. Our goals were to encourage Korean Americans to recognize the significance and range of our community’s narratives, document and preserve them​, and to showcase them for the community and the public beyond.

​Finalists competed ​at ​the ROAR Story Slam​ before Summit participants and judges, and winners received cash prizes. ​

3:50 – 4:00 PM

Executive Director, CKA

Board Chair of CKA and COO of MyoKardia

Closing Remarks

Sam Yoon June Lee

Gala and Awards Dinner
Saturday, October 21

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Co-Anchor, ABC “Nightline”

Artist, Singer/Songwriter

Chairman & Founder of MBK Partners

Vice President, International Affairs, Boeing
Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Target Corporation

CEO & Owner of Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Co-owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills

Miss Pennsylvania 2017

President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Summit Co-Chair

Summit Co-Chair

Gala Reception and Dinner

Juju Chang Jae Jin Michael ByungJu Kim Ambassador Mark W. Lippert Don Liu

Kim Pegula Katie Schreckengast Rhea Suh Jinhee Ahn Kim Charles Yoon

6:30 – 7:30 PM Gala Reception
7:30 – 9:00 PM Gala Dinner

The Gala Reception and Dinner is a black-tie event.

Speakers & Honored Guests

Frank Aum

Frank Aum, Senior Expert on North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace

Frank Aum currently serves as Senior Expert on North Korea at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.  He was also a Visiting Scholar in the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He previously worked as a political appointee in the Obama administration, serving as the Senior Advisor for North Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the Department of the Army.  In 2017, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Prior to his political appointment, he worked as a corporate attorney on private equity and mergers & acquisitions at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP.  Frank also has extensive experience in the public and non-profit sectors.  He completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Jeju Island, South Korea and worked as a speechwriter in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In addition, he worked to strengthen the Koreatown community in Los Angeles at the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Korean American Coalition (KAC).

During the 2008 presidential elections, Frank worked in the policy department of the Obama for America national headquarters in Chicago, and on operations and outreach in Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX.  He externed for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received his B.A. in social psychology from Dartmouth College, his M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Juju Chang

Juju Chang, Co-Anchor, ABC “Nightline”

Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.”

Chang has been recognized for her in-depth personal narratives set against the backdrop of pressing national and international news. Her exclusive television interview with transgender solider Chelsea Manning, after seven years in prison, explored issues of national security leaks and LGBTQ military service. Her profile of former firefighter Pat Hardison – after a groundbreaking face transplant – highlighted the crisis of organ donation. Additionally, Chang anchored a special edition of “Nightline,” “Consent on Campus,” from Penn State which tackled complex issues surrounding sexual assault.

Chang has also covered major breaking news for decades for ABC News, including Superstorm Sandy, the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing. She has traveled around the world to report on global issues including a three-country trip through Central Africa on the front lines against Boko Haram in the latest on #bringbackourgirls, and to Honduras for “Femicide: the Untold War,” an eye-opening look at rampant violence against women.

Chang has profiled newsmakers like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah Winfrey as well as entertainers like Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, and Nicki Minaj. Her extensive feature reporting covers parenting dilemmas, digital addictions and social media moguls like Dude Perfect and Esther the Wonder Pig.

A former news anchor for “Good Morning America,” Chang joined ABC News as an entry level desk assistant in 1987 and rose to become a producer for “World News Tonight.” Her first on-air job was reporting for KGO-TV in San Francisco. After a year in Washington, D.C. covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the presidential election for NewsOne, she co-anchored the overnight show “World News Now.” Chang’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including multiple Emmy’s, Gracie’s, a DuPont, a Murrow and Peabody awards.

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Northern California, Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.A. in political science and communication. She is married to WNET President and CEO Neal Shapiro and together they have three sons. Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.

Nydia Han

Nydia Han, Reporter and Anchor, 6ABC Action News

Nydia Han is the 6abc Consumer Reporter, and co-anchor of Action News Sunday mornings. Prior to joining Action News in October of 2002, Nydia produced consumer investigations and also anchored for KTRK-TV, the ABC station in Houston, Texas. Over the years, Nydia has helped viewers save money, avoid scams and understand new technology. Prior to working in Houston, Nydia was the Investigative/ Criminal reporter for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City.

Nydia is an award-winning journalist. Among other honors, she won an Emmy for her investigative report, “Charity for Sale,” in which she exposed a bogus charity and a man claiming to help battered women and children. One of the most versatile broadcasters in the industry, Nydia wears many hats for Action News. Not only does she produce consumer reports and weekly in-depth special reports and investigations, she has also traveled to cover national stories for Action News, such as the Columbia shuttle disaster and Hurricane Katrina. Nydia is very active in the community. She is on the community advisory board for the Asian American Women’s Coalition and she is a trustee of the Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation. She also volunteers her time for a number of other organizations and enjoys mentoring up and coming journalists.

Nydia received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus on International Studies from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Fluent in Korean, Nydia also graduated from a program at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.

Jin Y. Hwang

Jin Y. Hwang, Associate General Counsel, Verizon

Jin Y. Hwang is Associate General Counsel with Verizon Communications Inc., a Fortune 15 and Dow 30 company. In this role, Jin negotiates multi-million dollar commercial agreements with Fortune 500 corporate customers in the energy & utilities industry for their technology needs. Jin is also a Steering Committee member of the Verizon Public Policy, Law & Security Diversity & Inclusion Council and has participated in Verizon’s pro bono initiative with Street Law for several years. Prior to her fifteen years with Verizon, Jin was an attorney with France Télécom (now Orange) in Washington, D.C.

Jin has been very passionate in advocating for diversity and especially inclusion as well as collaboration for several years. She was honored to serve as the 2015-16 president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), which is comprised of approximately 80 national, state, and local affiliates and represents the interests of over 50,000 pan-Asian Pacific American attorneys in the United States. Jin has been instrumental in organizing several collaborative programs with partners such as Ascend, the largest non-profit pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America, the American Bar Association (ABA), Hispanic National Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Native American Bar Association, and National LGBT Bar Association. She is the NAPABA delegate to the new ABA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council. Jin was appointed as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System – Subcommittee on State Courts.

Jin has served as a mentor to many law students and lawyers as well as a speaker for numerous organizations including the ABA, NAPABA, Texas State Bar Asian Pacific Interest Section, DRI, International Association of Korean Lawyers, and University of Texas’ Center for Women in Law over the years. Jin earned her bachelor degree with double majors in Psychology and French Studies with honors from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was Articles Editor of the Administrative Law Review and a leader in several organizations. Jin is a past NAPABA Best Under 40 recipient.

Jae Jin

Jae Jin, Artist, Singer/Songwriter

Jae Jin is an Independent Global Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter, and Actor. His award-winning debut full-length album, titled KAIROS was released independently with 3 tracks being pinned for GRAMMY consideration in 2016 in 3 different categories (Americana, R&B, & Pop). He has been recognized as an emerging force by the likes of Pat Monahan (Lead singer/songwriter of TRAIN), Russell Simmons (Def-Jam co-founder) and has also been featured on The Huffington Post, SOFARSOUNDS, WorldStarHipHop, the Communion Residency, & the Emmy Award-winning TV show, House of Cards.

Jae’s creative passions have also given him an opportunity to study and work in the field of acting. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has also been featured as a principal actor as a musician on the original NetFlix TV show, HOUSE OF CARDS. He just recently finished filming his first lead role in a short film and eagerly anticipates receiving further opportunities in Hollywood. Jae also continues to tour the world including concerts in London, Paris, Korea, and Singapore, and share his unique life story and music.

Judy Joo

Judy Joo, Chef/Owner of Jinjuu and TV Host/Author of Korean Food Made Simple

As a Korean-American French-trained chef based in London, Judy Joo’s culinary expertise spans the globe, drawing from her unique personal and professional experiences, melding tastes from Asia, America and Europe in her recipes. As the host of Cooking Channel’s ‘Korean Food Made Simple’, Judy is a culinary ambassador for Korean cuisine who brings the robust flavors of her native country into home kitchens each week. In May 2016, she released her first cookbook, Korean Food Made Simple (Houghton Mifflin, USA; Jacqui Small Publishing, UK), which demystifies Korean food, makes it more accessible to the home cook, and provides simple and creative ways to infuse Korean flavors into favorite Western dishes.

Judy’s love of food began at home, where she watched her mother cook authentic dishes from her native Korea. Viewing cooking as a necessity, not a career, Judy attended Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. She eventually landed a position on Morgan Stanley’s fixed income trading floor, but after years of exploring New York’s diverse gastronomic scene, Judy decided to pursue her passion for the culinary arts, enrolling at the French Culinary Institute and graduating as class valedictorian. After a move to London in 2007, she was afforded the chance to rotate extensively through a number of the restaurants in the Gordon Ramsay Group, including Maze, Claridge’s, Petrus and Boxwood Café. After two years working in the Ramsay empire, Judy became an Iron Chef on “Iron Chef UK” becoming one of four chefs to hold this title in the UK. The success of her first season on the show spurred her broadcast career and she was offered a role as a resident judge on ‘The Next Iron Chef’ and ‘Iron Chef America.’

Early 2015, Judy opened her first London restaurant, Jinjuu (Korean for “Pearl”), which offers both traditional and contemporary fare, and features a menu that includes crispy Korean fried chicken, mandu dumplings, and soju-based cocktails. In December 2015, she opened a second Jinjuu outpost in Hong Kong, and in November 2016, she opened her third Jinjuu in the Mayfair area of London.

In 2016, Judy began a new project, interviewing some of the world’s most renowned chefs for her monthly feature, “Word of Mouth,” for OK! Magazine. Judy has also been named one of the official guest correspondents for the upcoming Winter Olympics with ‘The Today Show’ and will be travelling with them to PyeongChang in Feb 2018.

Andrew S Kim

Andrew S. Kim, Senior Analyst for Public Policy & Government Relations, Google

Andrew is a Senior Analyst on Google’s Public Policy & Government Relations team and manages Google’s engagements with the U.S. Executive Branch. Andrew plays a leading role in shaping Google’s policy agenda in security, artificial intelligence, digital trade, and transportation and infrastructure, among a wide range of other internet and technology policy issues. Previously, Andrew was a Policy Advisor on Google’s Trust & Safety team and developed product policies for Google’s Search, Android, Chrome, and early-stage virtual reality and IoT products.

Andrew started his career at the Pentagon as a Country Director for China and South Korea in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He continued his government service at the State Department, managing North Korea political-military issues in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific affairs and then moving to Embassy Rangoon to serve as the Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Burma.

Andrew has lived and traveled extensively across Asia and is fluent in Mandarin and Korean. He received his MPA and AB summa cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is originally from New York and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife.

Jinhee Ahn Kim

Jinhee Ahn Kim, Summit Co-Chair

Jinhee Ahn Kim was previously co-founder and president of Snapette, the largest mobile platform for local fashion shopping, which was sold to leading eCommerce platform PriceGrabber in 2013. Snapette helped shoppers find fashion products available in nearby stores, as well as enabled retailers to market to nearby shoppers and drive foot traffic into their stores. At the time of its sale, Snapette was VC funded and had over 2 million users and over 300 top fashion retailer and brand partners such as Nordstrom, Nine West, UNIQLO, Theory and DVF.

She began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Co., then switched industries and was a menswear designer at Ralph Lauren. As a parent frustrated by the lack of developmentally appropriate educational materials for her own children, she founded True-Learning, an online early learning curriculum that was one of the top selling children’s apps in iTunes. Prior to co-founding Snapette, she was the Director of Product Development at Mindshapes, a mobile e-learning company based in London where she oversaw the development of award winning children’s educational apps.

Jinhee was selected as one of the “Most Creative People” by Fast Company. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harvard Alumni Association as Director for Culture, Gender, and Sexuality Shared Interest Groups. She also served as a Summit & Gala Co-Chair for the Council of Korean Americans in 2016 and 2017, supporting the global network of Korean Americans working to advance community issues of national importance.

She currently mentors and advises startups in the UK and US. Jinhee received her A.B. in economics from Harvard College, A.A.S. in fashion design from Parsons School of Design and J.D. from the University of Hawaii.

Michael ByungJu Kim

Michael ByungJu Kim, Chairman & Founder of MBK Partners

Michael ByungJu Kim is Chairman and Founder of MBK Partners. MBKP is a leading Asian private equity firm, with over $15 billion in capital under management and offices in Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Prior to MBKP, Mr. Kim was President of Carlyle Asia and a member of The Carlyle Group’s Management Committee. Before Carlyle, Mr. Kim was Managing Director and COO of Asia-Pacific Investment Banking for Salomon Smith Barney and an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Kim has a BA with Honors from Haverford College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was also a Fulbright Scholar.

Mr. Kim has served or serves on the boards of directors of KorAmBank, China Network Systems, Yayoi, D’Live, Tasaki, Universal Studios Japan, Coway, ING Life Korea and Homeplus. He has also served or serves on the boards of trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Haverford College and the MBK Scholarship Foundation.

Mr. Kim was named one of Bloomberg’s “50 Most Influential People in the World” in 2015.

Toni Ko

Toni Ko, Founder of NYX Cosmetics and PERVERSE Sunglasses

Toni Ko is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in developing, launching, and building highly successful global brands. This past April, Ko proudly launched her second company, PERVERSE sunglasses, after she recognized a gap in the accessories market between the expensive sunglass brands sold in department stores and the mass brands sold in retail stores. She designed the PERVERSE collection for those with style and substance, and offers more than 400 fashion-forward sku’s at affordable prices. Ko has opened five brick and mortar boutiques since launching.

Ko implemented the same business strategy when she founded her first company in 1999; the multi-million dollar cosmetics brand NYX, which was acquired by L’Oreal in 2014. She created NYX with the goal of delivering professional, richly pigmented products at affordable prices. Working as a one-woman show from a 600 square foot show room in California, Ko began selling a single item – makeup pencils. She impressively generated two million dollars in sales during her first year, and quickly grew to become a leader in the color cosmetics industry, gaining the respect of such retail giants as Target, CVS and Ulta.

Ko credits her family as the primary influence on her education in the beauty business, having worked in their family-owned beauty supply store in Los Angeles, which her mother opened shortly after they immigrated from Korea when she was 13 years old. By the time Ko was 25, she had amassed over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, and was ready to find her own niche. At the time of sale, NYX had revenue growth of well over 100 million dollars and is currently available in thousands of retailers in over 70 countries.

Ko fulfilled a lifelong dream last summer when she graced the cover of Forbes annual “America’s Richest Self-Made Women” issue. She has been featured in several reputable publications to date, including Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan.

Ko has received numerous awards, including most recently being honored alongside Rachel Zoe, Abigail Breslin and Tracee Ellis Ross at the National Women’s History Museum’s “Women Making History” brunch. Ko was named Entrepreneur of the Year from the Asian Business Association, received the 2015 Leadership Award from NAWBO, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Beauty Bus Foundation in 2013. Also in 2013, NYX was the WWD Beauty Inc. pick for Brand of the Year, a moment Ko heralds as one of her greatest defining moments within the industry.

She started the Toni Ko Foundation in 2014, where she lends support to organizations that help children in need and those that empower women. She discovered the majority of top executives are men, and therefore wants to enable women with the courage to start their own businesses and set higher goals to be the executives. Ko states, “The only way for many women around the globe to be more liberated is to become financially independent. I think it’s incredibly important to lead women in the right direction to achieve independence.”

Jason Y. Lee

Jason Y. Lee, Founder, Jubilee Media

Jason Y. Lee is the founder of Jubilee Media, an award-winning media company that bridges people together and inspires love. It has garnered over 100 million views and captured the world’s attention with viral projects like “Blind Devotion”, “Both Sides,” and the sex-trafficking documentary “Save My Seoul.”

In his former life, Jason was a consultant at Bain & Company; he also worked on the 2007 Obama New Hampshire Primary and worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zambia. He was raised in Overland Park, Kansas and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.

Jean Lee

Jean Lee, Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Jean H. Lee is a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. An award-winning journalist, Jean is a former Associated Press bureau chief who led the news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, Jean became the first US. reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea. In January 2012, she opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau, becoming the first American correspondent accredited to join the press corps in Pyongyang. Since 2008, Jean has made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in addition to interviewing top officials in the course of her exclusive reporting across the country.

Jean, a Minneapolis native who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in feature reporting in 2013. She is a contributing writer to Esquire magazine, the New York Times and other publications. She serves frequently as a guest speaker and commentator on North Korea-related topics. Jean can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @newsjean.

June Lee

June Lee, Board Chair of CKA and COO of MyoKardia

June Lee, M.D., is Chief Operating Officer of MyoKardia, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused on developing precision therapeutics for catdiomyopathies. Dr. Lee has significant experience leading early clinical development programs and is also a recognized leader in academic translational research. Dr. Lee is an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she formerly served as Director of Translational Research and Director of Catalyst Program which is an internal accelerator at UCSF for early stages technologies in therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and digital health. A key focus of Dr. Lee’s work was identifying the most compelling discovery research and enabling and supporting its commercialization. Previously, she worked in early clinical development in cardiovascular, metabolism, respiratory, and infectious diseases at Genentech. Dr. Lee is a member of the Translational Research Advisory Council of the MOGAM Research Institute, and the MTRAC for Life Sciences Innovation Hub Therapeutic/Diagnostic Oversight Committee, a unit associated with The University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Lee completed her undergraduate work in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University, earned her M.D. degree at the School of Medicine at University of California, Davis, and her clinical training in internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care and UCLA and UCSF.

May Lee

May Lee, Correspondent/Host CGTN America and Founder of Lotus Media House

May Lee has been working in the media and communication space around the world for more than 25 years. She is a successful television, radio and online media journalist who has worked as a correspondent, anchor, host and executive producer for major networks and media institutions.

May was the first Korean American anchor for CNN, co-host of Oprah Winfrey’s women’s network Oxygen Media and main anchor at CNBC Asia. As a correspondent, May has covered some of history’s most momentous events including the 1997 Handover of Hong Kong, the 911 attack in New York City and several U.S. Presidential elections.

In 2007, May founded Lotus Media House, LLC, a media production and consulting company. It successfully launched “The May Lee Show”, the first pan-Asia talk show for the modern woman of Asia. Lotus Media House also specializes in helping businesses and individuals shape and build powerful and effective communication strategies as well as providing media training and production services.

Past clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers Asia, Shanghai Tang, CJ Media, MediaCorps, Transpacific IP, Standard Chartered Bank, Jax Coco and Global Bionic Optics.

May authored the book, “May Lee, Live and in Person. It all begins with Passion” published by John Wiley & Sons. A Korean version of the book was published by Random House Korea.

May has a B.A. in Communications from Mills College. One of her passions is traveling the world. She has, so far, visited 51 countries and she’s just getting started.

Yesoon Lee
Danny Lee

Yesoon and Danny Lee, Chefs/Owners, Mandu

Yesoon and Danny Lee are no strangers to challenges. Having opened two successful outposts of their Korean restaurant, Mandu, in the heart of the nation’s capital – Washington, DC – this mother/son team made a splash on the American dining scene by hosting a monthly series of chef collaborations, educating guests and chefs alike on the subtle nuances of Anju, or Korean bar food. Fueled by the homestyle recipes of Yesoon’s youth that are elevated by Danny’s modern approach to this traditional cuisine, Mandu has been featured in several local and national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, Lucky Peach, Men’s Health, and many more.  In the Fall of 2016, both mother and son traveled to London for a two-week Mandu residency at Carousel Restaurant where they showcased their unique style of Korean cuisine.  In 2017, Danny, along with partners Scott Drewno and Andrew Kim, opened up CHIKO restaurant which features modern Chinese and Korean cuisine.  CHIKO has already garnered high praise, being featured on a national list of “Must Eat” dishes on Zagat and also being included in The Best New Restaurants issue of the Washingtonian.

Ambassador Mark W. Lippert

Ambassador Mark W. Lippert, Vice President of International Affairs, Boeing

Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Ambassador Lippert held senior positions in the Department of Defense from May 2012 until September 2014. This included Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, where he was the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on all international security strategy and policy issues related to the nations and international organizations of Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to being confirmed in April 2012, he completed a two-year mobilization on active duty in the United States Navy. During that time, which included a deployment to Afghanistan, he served as an Intelligence Officer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia from 2009 to 2011.

Ambassador Lippert served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for the National Security Council in 2009.

In 2008, he served as Deputy Director for Foreign Policy on the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor on the Obama for America campaign.

Previously, he worked as the Foreign Policy Advisor for then-Senator Obama from 2005 to 2008, where he managed the Senator’s work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

From 2007 to 2008, he took a leave of absence from this position to deploy on active duty as an Intelligence Officer with Seal Team One in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

From 2000 to 2005, he was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee, advising Senator Patrick Leahy on a range of foreign aid and security assistance issues. From 1999 to 2000 he served as the Foreign and Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Tom Daschle and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

Ambassador Lippert’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Basic Parachutist Badge. He is also the recipient of the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Award and the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

Don Liu

Don H. Liu, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary Target Corporation

Don H. Liu is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Target Corporation. In this role, reporting directly to Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, he is responsible for all of Target’s legal, government affairs and risk and compliance functions.

Prior to joining Target, Mr. Liu was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Xerox Corporation. Previously, Mr. Liu was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Toll Brothers, Inc. and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of IKON Office Solutions, where he was also IKON’s Corporate Compliance Officer and Chair of IKON Diversity Council. Before joining IKON, Mr. Liu was Vice President and Deputy Chief Legal Officer of Aetna U.S. Healthcare (and its predecessor entity, U.S. Healthcare). Prior to becoming in-house counsel, he worked as an associate at two New York City law firms from 1987 to 1992, specializing in securities and mergers and acquisitions – first at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and then at Richards & O’Neil (now Bingham McCutchen).

He served as a Law Clerk to Justice Stewart G. Pollock at the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

His professional affiliations include being a former member and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (a non-profit organization promoting diversity in the practice of law); former Vice Chair of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Joint Diversity Council, Comcast Corporation; a former member of the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County; a former member of the New York Stock Exchange Commission on Corporate Governance; a former member of the Board of Directors of Association of Corporate Counsel; a founder and a member of the Advisory Board of MoreBank (an ethnic community bank); a member of the American Law Institute; a former member of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health System (a Catholic hospital chain); a former member of the Board of Directors of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; and former Chair of the In-House Counsel Committee of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

He is the recipient of America’s Top General Counsel Honor from NYSE Euronext’s Corporate Board Member, National Law Journal – America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel recognition, the Legend in Law Award from the Burton Foundation and The Library of Congress, the Pinnacle Award from the Asian American Business Development Center, Inside Counsel magazine’s Transformative Leadership Award, Connecticut Law Tribune’s Legal Department of the Year – In-House Counsel Management Award, MCCA/America Lawyer Media Diversity Award, the Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, the Spirit of Asian America Award from the Asian American Federation, the Diversity Award from ABA’s Council on Legal Education Opportunity, the Justice in Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the ICON Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Founders Award from the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, the Achievement Award from Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, and the Business Leadership Award from the Korean American Coalition.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Liu and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1972. He received his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion from Haverford College with Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Catharina Min

Catharina Min, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Catharina Min is a partner at an international law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. She specializes in mergers & acquisition and in emerging companies and venture capital financings. She represents both U.S. and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate partnering, securities offerings, and other corporate transactions. She has extensive experience cross-border transactions and especially representing Asian clients doing business in the United States.

Ms. Min is a frequent speaker on cross-border transactions and venture capital financings as well as on women and minority mentoring and empowerment.

As a former Overseas President of IAKL and former President of Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, Ms. Min is a leader mentoring and fostering the advancement of women and minority lawyers. She is recognized among the “Top 50 Multicultural Leader in Technology” by the National Diversity Council (March 2017), the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by Diversity Council (June 2016), and “Women Leaders in Technology” by The Recorder (2014-2016).

She emigrated from Korea to the US when she was 12 and is fluent in Korean. She has worked as a US lawyer with a leading law firm in Seoul, Korea.

Ami Park

Ami Park, Host at ISAtv and Co-Founder of WeGolden Productions

Ami Park is an actor, host and co-founder of WeGolden Productions. As an actor, her most notable work includes “Fractured,” a film that focuses on a family that suffers the consequences of an untreated mental health illness- inspired by a true event. Through WeGolden Productions, she brings out her passion by acting and writing scripts that allows Asian Americans to reclaim their voices while addressing controversial topics. Prior to WeGolden, Ami was a host for Kore Asian Media and is currently a host at ISAtv, where both platforms focus on highlighting Asian American experiences.

Kee B. Park

Kee B. Park, Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kee B. Park is a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar at the Harvard Medical School. As the Director of DPRK Programs for the Korean American Medical Association, Dr. Park organizes the effort to engage the doctors of the DPR Korean Medical Association with international colleagues to improve medical care in North Korea through education, training, and research.

Dr. Park also works in the public health sector as a consultant for the World Health Organization to ensure timely and safe emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia at the district level hospitals in North Korea.

Dr. Park, a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, received his neurosurgery training at Temple University in Philadelphia and medical degree from Rutgers University.

Michele Park, PhD

Michele Park, Partner, Clarus Ventures, LLC

Michele Park, PhD, serves as a Partner at Clear Vision for Healthcare Investing (Clarus) and leads the Clarus Cancer Fund, a novel investment model aimed at generating financial returns and amplifying scientific and medical impacts by donating a portion of the Cancer Fund’s returns to advance basic science research in cancer.

Dr. Park joined Clarus in 2006 with six years of sell-side equity research experience covering the biotechnology sector. From 2002-2005, Dr. Park was a research analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she covered biotechnology stocks as a member of the firm’s US biotechnology team. Before joining CSFB, Dr. Park was a biotechnology research analyst at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray.

Dr. Park received a PhD in Molecular Biology from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, completing her PhD dissertation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.

Michele is a member of Curesearch’s Catapult Advisory Council and represents Clarus on the Board of Directors of Lumos and as a Board observer of SFJ. Previous Board seats have included Sientra (NASDAQ:SIEN) and Board observer roles at Achillion and Comentis.

Day Kim Oh

Day Kim Oh, Vice President, Yangbian Univ. of Science and Tech. Pyongyang Univ. of Science and Tech Foundation

Day Kim Oh is the Vice President of the YUST PUST Foundation (YPF), a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to providing support for education and humanitarian efforts in China and North Korea. She has spent the last nine years planning for, launching, and supporting the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), the first privately run, foreign-operated university in North Korea.

Prior to her involvement with PUST, Day was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and led the Atlanta chapter of the Korean American Coalition, first as VP in 2006 and then as President in 2007.

Day graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a BS in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is a proud military wife and mother of two children.

Kim Pegula

Kim Pegula, CEO & Owner of Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Co-owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills

Kim Pegula is the CEO and Owner of Pegula Sports & Entertainment. She is also the Co-Owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and a minority owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres as well as having ownership and management roles in a variety of other closely held companies.

Formed in 2014, PSE is a multifaceted management company that oversees the business operations of a variety of sports, entertainment and hospitality entities.

As Co-Owner of the Bills, she has been active with the NFL since the purchase of the team in 2014, serving on their Foundation and Super Bowl & Special Events. She has served as a minority owner of the Sabres since 2011 and represents the team as an Alternate Governor in league meetings. Kim’s sports ownership also includes the AHL’s Rochester Americans and the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits.

Kim and her husband Terry began making their mark in Western New York in 2011. Kim was a driving force for the design and development of HARBORCENTER which opened in 2014. A multipurpose facility in downtown Buffalo, it is anchored by two NHL-size ice rinks. Entities under the management and operation of PSE at HARBORCENTER includes (716) Food and Sport, an upscale multi-level sports bar and restaurant, Tim Horton’s Coffee Franchise, Healthy Scratch, a healthy grab and go café, Impact Sports Performance facility, Academy of Hockey, a youth hockey development and training center, and a full-service Marriott Hotel franchise.

The work done under the leadership of Kim and her PSE team have been key to bringing new business and employment opportunities to Buffalo including a multi-year agreement to host the NHL Combine, the 2016 NHL Draft, the 2018 World Junior Championship, the 2019 Frozen Four NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament as well as numerous national and international events at all levels. HARBORCENTER has attracted over 100,000 new visitors per year since its opening in 2014.

Since its inception, PSE has expanded outside of the Western New York market through its hospitality division and newly formed creative and marketing agency PicSix Creative.

Kim also holds a position as COO of East Management Services, and East Asset Management, that manages the investments and holdings of the Pegula Family Office located in Boca Raton, FL.

Kim’s path to sports and entertainment was unique and unlikely as it began with her being adopted from an orphanage in South Korea. Adopted when she was five, she grew up in Rochester, NY and attended nearby Houghton College receiving a degree in Communications.

Upon graduation in 1991, Kim joined her husband Terry at East Resources, Inc. an oil and gas exploration and production company he founded in 1983 and stayed involved with the company until its sale in 2010.

Kim and Terry have also given back to encourage the growth of sports and the many intangible benefits they believe sports creates for individuals, fans and their community by donating $102 million for the creation of the Pegula Ice Arena at Terrys Alma mater Penn State. The facility allowed for Penn States hockey program to become a NCAA Division I sport and the formation of the Big Ten Hockey Conference. In 2017, the Penn State hockey team reached No. 1 in the nation and won the Big Ten Hockey Championship. Kim’s alma mater, Houghton College, hosts the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex from a $12 million pledge that allowed Houghton College athletics to become a Div. III school with a new indoor facility and outdoor fields.

Kim and Terry reside in Florida and together have five children, Michael, Laura, Jessica, Kelly and Matthew.

Michelle Rhyu

Michelle Rhyu, Partner, Cooley, LLP

Dr. Michelle Rhyu is a partner in the firm Cooley LLP, based in Palo Alto, California. She has represented life sciences companies in litigation and strategic advising for twenty years, with a primary focus on high-stakes patent, contract, and trade secrets disputes in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.

Michelle was recognized by the Financial Times in 2015 as one of the Top Ten most Innovative Lawyers of North America and “the epitome of the 21st Century lawyer.” More recently, she was named 2017 UCSF Alumna of the year for the Graduate Division. She was also named as a “Life Sciences Star” in 2017 by LMG. She has also been recognized for her excellence in patent litigation by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” (2014), and has been named to The Recorder’s 2016, 2015 and 2013 “Women Leaders in Technology Law” list, which recognizes 50 female attorneys in California who have “demonstrated leadership and expertise in solving the most pressing legal concerns companies can face.”

She obtained a BA in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of California, San Francisco, and a JD from Stanford Law School.

She has served on the Board of CKA since 2016.

Katie Schreckengast

Katie Schreckengast, Miss Pennsylvania 2017

Katie Schreckengast is a rising senior studying broadcast journalism at the Pennsylvania State University. Katie is also an alto saxophone in the Penn State Blue Band and she serves as the Public Relations Officer for the organization. In less than a year, Katie has grown the Blue Band’s social media presence by more than doubling the amount of followers on the band’s social media pages. During Penn State football home games, Katie leads the band out before pregame as one of the tunnel leads.

Katie began competing in the Miss America program when she was 13 years old and in 2013 she was named Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen. In January she won her first Miss title when she was crowned Miss Central Pennsylvania 2017.

Now, she travels the state speaking about her adoption story through her personal platform ‘Building Families Through Adoption’ while also raising money for Miss America’s national platform, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Over the past seven years, Katie has raised more than $15,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Rhea Suh

Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council

Rhea Suh is the president of NRDC, a leading nonprofit group that protects people’s health, preserves wild places, and fosters vibrant communities.
Under her leadership, NRDC helped forge the historic global climate agreement in Paris; joined the citizens of Flint, Michigan to ensure an end to the city’s toxic drinking water crisis; and served as a presenting partner at the Women’s March on Washington.
Before joining NRDC, Suh served as the assistant secretary for policy, management, and budget at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She led several initiatives on federal land conservation, climate adaptation, and international affairs. She also helped reorganize the agency responsible for offshore oil and gas oversight in the midst of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Prior to her appointment to Interior, Suh worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she steered conservation and clean energy initiatives in the West, and at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she designed a climate change initiative and led the effort to create Great Bear Rainforest.

Suh graduated from Barnard College and earned a master’s degree in education, administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

Charles Yoon

Charles Yoon, Summit Co-Chair

Charles Yoon is a founding partner of Yoon & Kim LLP. Prior to founding Yoon & Kim, Mr. Yoon was a litigation partner at the law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest where he began his legal career as an associate. He has over 23 years of experience in representing domestic and overseas clients. As counsel, he has prosecuted and defended a broad array of commercial disputes, including numerous cases involving Korean and Chinese entities. Recently, in October 2012, he was lead trial counsel in a trial held in the New York State Supreme Court where he obtained a jury verdict for compensatory and punitive damages on the clients’ behalf. Also, in 2012, Mr. Yoon successfully resolved an international arbitration pending before the ICC and seated in Zurich, Switzerland, on behalf of a Chinese state-owned company. Mr. Yoon recently sat as an arbitrator on an ICC arbitration in London, England, where the claims exceeded $100 million.

Mr. Yoon is a past President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, a past President of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, a past President of the Korean American Business Council of Greater New York, and is a past Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Mr. Yoon is a founding director of the Korean American League for Civic Action, Inc., where he is currently the chair of the board of directors. Mr. Yoon is a trustee of the Southpole Foundation and Mr. Yoon co-chaired the fiftieth anniversary gala of the Korean American Association of Greater New York. Mr. Yoon is fluent in Korean.

Mr. Yoon received his B.A. cum laude in Comparative Literature and Political Science from Columbia College and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Mr. Yoon is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Sam Yoon

Sam Yoon, Executive Director, CKA

Sam Yoon is the Executive Director of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). Sam works with the board of directors, membership, and staff to ensure that CKA is asserting a strong, clear voice for Korean Americans while helping them to engage in American society to achieve meaningful success.

Before joining CKA, Sam was a political appointee in the Department of Labor under President Barack Obama. He also served as executive director of NACEDA, a national association for non-profit community development. Sam served on CKA’s board of directors before he was hired as its first full-time executive director.

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Theresa Choh-Lee

Theresa ChohLee, Co-Founder and Board Member,

Theresa ChohLee is a co-founder and a board member of Theresa is a brand management professional and has worked at Kraft Foods, Unilever, Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup Company and totes-Isotoner. She has served in leadership positions at various corporate diversity and inclusion programs.  She is graduate of Miami University of Ohio and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jeannie Park

HJ Lee, Co-Founder and President,

HJ Lee is a co-founder and president of He is a proud graduate of the New York City public school system and Columbia University.  Prior to pursuing his dream of founding, HJ worked in the high tech industry as an business development executive for over 20 years.

Jeannie Park

Jeannie Park, Former Executive Editor, People Magazine

Jeannie Park has been an advocate for diversity and for the Korean American and Asian American communities throughout her 22 years as a journalist and now as a nonprofit leader. She is a former executive editor of InStyle and of People, one of the world’s most successful publications, and was one of the highest-ranking Asian Americans in magazines. She was founding president of the Asian American Journalists Association in New York, developing and promoting diverse leadership in the industry. For the last decade, she has focused on non-profit work. She serves on the board of the Korean American Community Foundation and co-chaired its Inaugural Giving Summit this year. She is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association Board and 1st VP of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, co-chairing its first Global Summit in 2010. Past roles include board executive committee positions with Little Red Elisabeth Irwin school and the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC and serving as a speaker and Leadership Council member for NetKAL.