Staff and Volunteers

Susan Cheng
Youth Organizer
susan [at] krcla.org

Susan serves as KRC’s Orange County youth organizer. Her role is to run KRC’s college youth programs: Leaders of the New School and FOREground, which focuses on training and empowering youth to become strong and informed community organizers and leaders. She also leads civic engagement and advocacy campaigns in Orange County by coordinating with college campuses, developing and implementing educational workshops, building educational curriculums that address issues impacting the AAPI community at the city, county, and federal level, and actively recruiting and training youth volunteers. Susan graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2016 with B.A. in Asian American Studies. 


Hye Kyung ChoiHye Kyung Choi
Program Director
hye [at] krcla.org

Hye K. Choi has worked as a Program Director at the Early Childhood Center at Hana Center (formerly Korean American Community Services) from 2003 to 2016 for 13 years. She has worked on planning, implementing and directing the comprehensive early childhood education and development programs for children 0-12 years of age and their families within the agency’s total set of programs in accordance with city, state, and funder licensing requirements. KRC is planning to open a brand new Early Childhood Center because there is high demand of quality child care programs in Orange County (OC) based on the OC community needs assessment. She holds an Ed. D in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, Chicago.


Judy Choi
Health Access Fellow
judy [at] krcla.org


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

Kyoung Hee assists with with Medical and Medicare Part D applications. She also organizes our DACA parents group.


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.


David Kim
OC Service Coordinator
david [at] krcla.org


Esther Kim
Housing Counselor
esther [at] krcla.org

Esther assists with affordable housing applications and other inquiries about housing.


Hee Gong Kim
Service Coordinator
heegong [at] krcla.org


Jung Woo Kim
Membership Development Manager
jungwoo [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 coordinate youth outreach, organizing, and social justice programs targeting high school and college youth in Los Angeles. This position coordinates campus outreach, develops KRC’s year-round youth organizing program, and coordinates logistics for annual events, including membership meetings, youth committee meetings, and team retreats.


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, video production, logistics and communications. With 20 years of experience managing databases, he coordinated KRC's adoption of the California VoterConnect VAN in 2006 and provided data assistance to MIV, Korea TimesNational CAPACD and the City of Whittier.

Yongho studied Cultural Anthropology (B.A.) at Macalester College in Minnesota, participating in ¡Adelante! and the Centro de Derechos Laborales. 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 Member and Volunteer
kiljoo [at] krcla.org

Kil Joo is a founding board member of KRC, and is a board member of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium. She is currently volunteering at KRC's Crenshaw office, helping community members with general inquiries. She is the board member of the Seoul SaDae Busok High School Alumni Association and former Vice-President of the Korean National Cultural and Artists Association of USA.


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

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


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

Lisa works at KRC as a data and development associate and is passionate about social issues such as immigrant rights. She start as a volunteer and later became an intern at the Orange County office by joining KRC's youth programs, FOREground and Leaders of New School, while studying at University of California, Irvine. She graduated in 2016 with a B.A in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology. Her favorite thing to do, besides working, are to play games such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Northgard, and to think about meows all day!


Ilsoo Noh
IT Assistant
ilsoo [at] krcla.org

Ilsoo has been with KRC and YKU for over 20 years, and is troubleshooting computer problems and phone administration at KRC.


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.


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.


Rex Wang
Youth Organizer
rex [at] krcla.org

Rex coordinates youth outreach, organizing, and social justice programs targeting high school and college youth in Orange County. This position coordinates campus outreach, develops KRC’s year-round youth organizing program, and coordinates logistics for annual events, including membership meetings, youth committee meetings, and team retreats.


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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Updated 3/20/2018