Staff and Volunteers

Executive Team

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

Jenny Seon jenny [at] krcla.org
Immigrant Legal Services Director

Jung Woo Kim jungwoo [at] krcla.org
NAKASEC Organizing Director

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

Civic Engagement and Organizing

JP jonathan [at] krcla.org
Executive Director

Susan Cheng susan [at] krcla.org
Youth Organizing Manager

Han Sol Choi hansol [at] krcla.org
Membership Organizer

Erica Kim erica [at] krcla.org
Immigrant Rights Parent Organizer

Nara Kim nara [at] krcla.org

Youth Organizer

Alice Lee alice [at] krcla.org
Immigrant Rights Youth Organizer

Jazzmin Mercado jazzmin [at] krcla.org
Youth Organizer

Lucy Ngo lucy [at] krcla.org
Youth Organizer

Rex Wang rex [at] krcla.org
Youth Organizer

Immigration Legal Services

Jenny Seon jenny [at] krcla.org
Attorney & Immigrant Legal Services Director

Judy Choi judy [at] krcla.org
Immigrant Legal Services Fellow

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

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

Damian Kim damian [at] krcla.org
Immigration Legal Service Manager

Ji Ae Kim jiae [at] krcla.org
Staff Attorney

Jae W Ko jae [at] krcla.org
Social Service Manager

Jinkyung Park jinkyung [at] krcla.org
Legal Service Manager

Health & Housing Services and Organizing

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

Pam Cho pam [at] krcla.org
Housing Coordinator

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

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

Young Ran Kim youngran [at] krcla.org
Operations Coordinator

Digital

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

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

Ilsoo Noh ilsoo [at] krcla.org
IT Assistant

Fundraising

JP jonathan [at] krcla.org
Executive Director

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

Jenny Park jenny [at] krcla.org
Executive Team Coordinator

Administration

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

Young Ran Kim youngran [at] krcla.org
Operations Coordinator

Jane Luong jane [at] krcla.org
Finance and Operation Coordinator

Kay Yoon kay [at] krcla.org
Finance Manager

Volunteers

Esther Kim esther [at] krcla.org
Housing Counselor

Kil Joo Lee kiljoo [at] krcla.org
Founding Boardand Volunteer

Shin-Hwa Park
Volunteer

Tamaki Terada tamaki [at] krcla.org
Naturalization Volunteer

Eun-Hee Oh

Sun Yoo

Teddy

Michelle

JP is KRC's Executive Director and was formerly the Orange County Director and 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 KRC, 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.

Susan Cheng's 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. 

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

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 is overseeing naturalization and DACA applications, undocumented student college admissions in the Kingsley office.

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

Jung Woo Kim'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 coordinates youth outreach, organizing, and social justice programs targeting high school and college youth. 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'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 Ko is overseeing KRC's naturalization, DACA, AB60 and other services in KRC's Crenshaw office.

Kil Joo Lee 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.

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

Jinkyung Park provides immigration legal services such as DACA renewals, naturalization, family petitions, and other immigration relief cases. Jinkyung aspires to be an immigration lawyer and continue to serve and empower undocumented immigrant communities. 

She graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Political Science with concentration in American Politics and International Studies. Her strong understanding of social justice and immigrant rights issues developed while working as the Family Engagement Assistant at UCSD’s Undocumented Student Services Center. After graduation, Jinkyung started working at KRC as the Immigrant Rights Campaign Coordinator, advocating on behalf of the Asian American community on statewide and national immigrant rights issues. Jinkyung’s passion for legal education and service eventually transitioned to serve as a Legal Advocate at KRC’s Immigrant Rights Project team.

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 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.

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Updated 2/27/2019