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. 


Pam Cho
Housing Coordinator
pam [at] krcla.org


Judy Choi
Immigrant Legal Services 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
Immigration Legal Service Manager
damian [at] krcla.org

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


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


Erica Kim
Immigrant Rights Parent Organizer 
erica [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


Ji Ae Kim
Staff Attorney
jiae [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. 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.


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


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

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


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

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.


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)
Executive Director
jonathan [at] krcla.org

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 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.


Christine Park
Immigrant Rights Campaign Coordinator
christine [at] krcla.org

Christine 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.


Jinkyung Park
Legal Advocate
jinkyung [at] krcla.org

Jinkyung 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.


Shin-Hwa Park
Volunteer


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
Naturalization Volunteer
tamaki [at] krcla.org


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


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 7/6/2018