They included a baseball executive, a medical missionary, public and private attorneys, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
They came from New York, DC,Chicago, LA, San Francisco, Korea, and China.
We hired our first Director of Policy and AdvocacyJessica Lee
We hosted mentoring events in Atlanta, New York City and Berkeley in collaboration with The Korea Society, Berkeley Law Center, and local organizations.
We held our annual signature event in the nation's capital: White House Briefing, Gala and Awards Dinner, and the National Summit. Over 550 people attended.
Attendees engaged in conversations with senior administration officials, congressional members and staff, and Korean American leaders across sectors and industries.
We also hosted our first ROAR: Story Slam competition to shine a spotlight on our community’s stories.
In June, we launched our Public Service Internship Program to support ten outstanding college students and recent graduates to intern in the federal government, Congress, think tanks and advocacy organizations.
We hosted briefings, events, and forums to educate Korean Americans and policymakers about issues that are important to us. For example, CKA co-hosted an event on Korean American divided families at the Brookings Institution.
We garnered support from national, state, and local elected officials as well as diplomatic and military leaders, civic organizations, and educational institutions to nominate the late Colonel Young Oak Kim for a 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
For six months, we built a coalition calling on Congress, the White House and the State Department to allow for reunions of Korean American divided families who have been unable to connect with their relatives in North Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953.
H.Con.Res.40 passed the House and Senate in the final hours of the 114th Congress.
In December, the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA) joined CKA after sixteen years of groundbreaking work in New York City to train and develop the next generation of civic leaders through advocacy, education, and mobilization.
In doing so, KALCA merged its signature college internship program with CKA, combining forces to launch a new program with a wider reach that starts in the summer of 2017 in both Washington and New York.