David K. Song, Board Chair
David K Song is an associate professor of Asian American Studies at East Los Angeles College and has also taught courses in Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge; Glendale Community College; and the University of California, Los Angeles. David studied history as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and completed the MA program in Asian American studies at UCLA. David identifies as a second-generation Korean American and is a long-time resident of Koreatown. He loves LA. David was also formerly KRC’s Development Director from 2001 to 2003 and has been a board member of KRC since 2012. He currently serves as board chair.
Dae Joong Yoon, President
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.
Zu Kim, Secretary
Zu Kim is a software engineer at Google and formerly a research engineer at the UC Berkeley. Zu has been a volunteer at KRC since 1996 and joined the board five years ago. He is also a performing member of HanNuRI Korean American Cultural Troupe and the former president of the Young Korean United of Los Angeles.
John Choi, Treasurer
John Choi is currently the Southern CA Policy Manager at Airbnb where he leads efforts in Southern California to ensure middle class families can share their homes while allowing visitors from across the globe to live like locals. Choi also focuses on strengthening the Airbnb community’s relationship with small business owners, civic leaders and community organizations. Mr. Choi has supported KRC since 2000 and has previously worked for CA Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, the City of Los Angeles, and LA County Federation of Labor.
Suhee Kim is a Field Director of the Syncis and licensed acupuncturist. She has been volunteering for KRC since 2010. She was a member of Young Korean United of New York from 1995-1999. Ms. Kim was a professor of fashion design at the University of Busan, Korea. She has been a KRC board member since 2014.
Kang Nam Lee
Kang Nam Lee is a retired senior and a leader of the Community Health Promoters program at KRC.
Kil Joo Lee
Kil Joo is a founding board member and former board chair 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 former Vice-President of the Korean National Cultural and Artists Association of USA.
Angela Oh is an attorney, teacher, and public lecturer best known for her role as spokesperson for the Korean American community after the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and her position on President Bill Clinton’s One America Initiative. Ms. Oh is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Health degrees. Her Juris Doctor (J.D.) is from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall).
Inbo Sim has been with KRC ever since he was first introduced to the center as a summer intern in 1984. Since then, Mr. Sim has become known for his long history of community work, gaining experience with his involvement in both public and non-profit sectors. In the past, Mr. Sim served as president for Young Koreans United of USA (1994-1998), a national group that seeks to promote peace, human rights, and social justice in Korea. Mr. Sim also served an Executive Director of KRC (2001-2003), and is currently on KRC’s board.