Staff and Volunteers

Susan Cheng
Youth Organizer
susan [at] krcla.org


Judy Choi
judy [at] krcla.org


Kyoung Hee Choi
Health Access Coordinator
kyoung [at] krcla.org


Stacy Cho
Housing Counselor
stacy [at] krcla.org


In Suk Hong
Health Access Volunteer
insuk [at] krcla.org


Isabel Kang
Outreach and Service Manager
isabel [at] krcla.org

Isabel Kang comes with over 20 years of experience advocating for the rights of domestic violence survivors.  Prior to coming to KRC, she was the Program Director at the Korean Community Center of the East Bay in Oakland.


Damian Kim
Immigrant Rights Project Fellow
damian [at] krcla.org

Damian is assisting with naturalization and DACA applications, undocumented student college admissions.


Esther Kim
Housing Counselor
esther [at] krcla.org


Jiyang Kim
jiyang [at] krcla.org


Jung Woo Kim
Membership Development Manager
jung [at] krcla.org

Jung Woo's role is to focus and expand KRC's membership throughout the nation amongst Asian American & Pacific Islander communities. In addition, he will mobilize DACA youth. Jung Woo graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Kinesiology. With over 15 years of sales experience and a passion for immigrant rights and social justice, he is excited to work at a nonprofit organization for the first time. He recently completed a bike tour across the nation, which gave him the opportunity speak to a multitude of people.


Nara Kim
Youth Organizer
nara [at] krcla.org

Nara is organizing High School youth in Los Angeles to get youth engaged civically.


Yongho Kim
Director of Digital
yongho [at] krcla.org

Yongho Kim's interests are in improving the effectiveness of KRC's systems and processes with a focus on technology. He develops the organization's capacity with PowerBase/CiviCRM database implementation, VAN & PDI, websites, design, language and cognitive accessibility, videos, logistics and communications. Yongho first started working with databases in 1996, coordinated KRC's adoption of the California VoterConnect VAN in 2006, and participated in the New Organizing Institute's Advanced Data Bootcamp in 2011, and provided data assistance to MIV, Korea TimesNational CAPACD and the City of Whittier.

Yongho studied Cultural Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota. Before college, he lived 11 years in Chile with missionary parents, and is a session elder at Church of Peace, a Korean American PCUSA church. He is a fan of the computer game XCOM: Enemy Unknown.


Jae W Ko
Immigrant Rights Project Service Coordinator
jae [at] krcla.org

Jae is overseeing KRC's naturalization, DACA, AB60 and other services.

Kil Joo Lee
Board and Volunteer
kiljoo [at] krcla.org

Board of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium. Board member of the Seoul SaDae Busok High School Alumni Association. Former Vice-President of the Korean National Cultural and Artists Association of USA. Ms. Lee is one of founding board members of KRC in 1983.


Myung Shim Lee
Community Organizing Manager
myungshim [at] krcla.org

Myungshim first met KRC by participating in CHP, and is currently organizing and managing Community Health Promoters, KRC's senior organizing program.


Lisa Pei Lan Liu
Data & Development Associate
lisa [at] krcla.org


J.P. (Jonathan Paik)
Orange County Director
jonathan [at] krcla.org

JP is KRC's Orange County Director and was formerly the Campaign Manager at the Buena Park office, building and training a local and progressive base of Korean-Americans to work on issues across Orange County. Before working at the Korean Resource Center, he started his work in politics at the Bus Federation Civic Fund in Portland, Oregon, serving as the Operations Manager until December 2014. He also helped coordinate a campaign with the Urban League of Portland, collecting health equity surveys and signing low-income children up for healthcare.


Jinkyung Park
Campaign Coordinator
jinkyung [at] krcla.org

Jinkyung coordinates KRC's civic engagement and immigrant rights campaigns.


Jenny Seon
Immigrant Rights Project Director
jenny [at] krcla.org

Jenny Seon oversees legal services at KRC which includes the naturalization, DACA and higher education access (AB540 and California Dream Act) clinics. She also supervises the immigrant rights project aimed to educate the wider public on immigrant reform issues, advocate for commonsense policy reforms, and organizes immigrant communities. Prior to joining KRC, Jenny worked as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’s Asian Pacific Islander Outreach Unit. Jenny graduated from University of California, Irvine and holds a J.D. from La Verne College of Law.


Tamaki Terada (寺田環)
Naturalization Volunteer
tamaki [at] krcla.org


Rex Wang
Youth Organizer
rex [at] krcla.org

Rex's role is to run a college youth program that helps educate and empower students to become advocates within their communities, as well as increase civic engagement within the college student demographic. In addition, he helps lead campaigns within Orange County and mobilizes the college youth that are interested in being involved. Rex graduated from University of California, Irvine with a degree in Art History and Asian American studies. Before becoming a Youth Organizer, Rex was a member of the youth program that the Korean Resource Center had hosted.


Kay Yoon
Finance Manager
kay [at] krcla.org


Dae Joong Yoon
President
djyoon [at] krcla.org

DJ served as the KRC's Executive Director from 1998 to 2000, and 2003 to 2011, and is currently the Executive Director of NAKASEC. He has over 20 years of community education and organizing experience in the areas of immigration policy, health access, civic participation, voting rights, environmental justice, and economic development. Dae also has supervised many community-led research projects such as the Asian American Voter Exit Poll, Building Health Community Focus Group, and Los Angeles City Services Survey. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Strategic Concept in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE); a Community Advisory Board member for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services; and as an Advisory Board Member for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

DJ is a 1.5 generation Korean American and is bilingual in English and Korean. He studied Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ashley Yu
Communications and Development Manager
ashley [at] krcla.org

Ashley is an idealist who was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. Her whole life, she dreamed of finding a career where she could help others. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in Human Rights, she worked as a Lecturer at Hangzhou Dianzi University in mainland China while conducting research for her Master's in International Studies. Ashley then moved to Burma and worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services as a Communications Analyst and their implementing partner, Tag International Development as a Community & Business Development Manager. Following these many adventures abroad, Ashley decided to return to LA and immerse herself in the city's Asian American and Pacific Islander community by working with the Asian Pacific Community Fund, Tuesday Night Project, and now, KRC.

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