Dear Distinguished CKA Members and Friends,
It’s my utmost pleasure to present to you the 15 distinguished individuals who have recently been welcomed into the Council of Korean Americans. This Spring 2023 membership cohort consistently breaks new ground in diverse sectors such as investment, technology, philanthropy, finance, medicine, and academia. Our new members are among the most talented and innovative Korean American leaders in the nation.
We are delighted to have them as part of our ever-expanding CKA community and eagerly anticipate their enthusiastic participation in upcoming programs.
I extend my warmest congratulations to our new members! Thank you for all your support.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
INTRODUCING OUR NEW CKA MEMBERS
If interested in becoming a CKA Member, please submit your member application here. CKA’s Membership Committee reviews these applications every quarter.
Eun Ah Choi
Senior Vice President – US Head of Listing Qualifications & Market Surveillance
Eun Ah Choi serves as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Operations at Nasdaq. She heads the U.S. Listing Qualifications, MarketWatch, and Options Surveillance teams. In her role, Eun Ah is responsible for assessing the qualification of listed companies and continued compliance review with Nasdaq’s comprehensive listing standards.
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions
Red Stone Equity Partners
Irene Choi is a Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Red Stone Equity Partners, where she is responsible for the investment management, financial underwriting, and syndication of affordable housing investments through Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
Chair & Professor of Neurosurgery
University of Florida
Brian Hoh, MD, MBA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Hoh is a cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon with clinical expertise in treating patients with brain aneurysms, brain AVMs, and ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
Chief Investment Officer
Michael Kim has been serving as the Chief Investment Officer at Lalia Capital, a single-family office based in New York City. Prior to joining Lalia, he served in various investment leadership positions in the family office and wealth management sectors, most recently at Oikos Holdings, where he served as the Head of Investments for almost a decade.
Montclair State University
Michelle Kim dedicated her professional life to the public sector with a mission to advocate for marginalized communities and reduce poverty. She served in the New York City government as Director of Legislation in the Office of New York City Public Advocate overseeing legislative and policy agenda with a focus on gender equity, immigrant rights, and education.
Vice President, Bio Investment Center
KIel Kim currently serves as the Vice President of the Bio Investment Center of SK Inc.Kiel has a wealth of experience in the investment industry, having served as CEO of NS Investment for six years.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Jaewoo Lee is an Assistant Director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He leads the division that produces IMF’s annual External Sector Report, which analyzes global financial flows and exchange rate developments in 30 major economies.
So Yong Park
Colorado College, Korean American Community Foundation – San Francisco
So Yong Park is the former director of corporate development at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. Before starting her work in the nonprofit sector, she worked in software marketing in Silicon Valley.
Ted Park currently serves as the Sales and Special Projects team for Chicago Title. Ted lived in the United States for over 50 years. Throughout his life, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting the welfare of minorities, with a particular focus on Korean Americans.
Realtor, Producer & Consultant
eXp Realty, Sanderson Capital LLC, JS Consulting Montana LLC
NetKAL VI Fellow Jennifer Sanderson is a film producer and Realtor® based in Montana. She has spent more than 20 years in the entertainment industry as an award-winning producer, director, and fundraiser.
Founder & Funder
Minor Capital, Song Foundation
Dug Song is co-founder of the Song Foundation, and former co-founder & CEO of Duo Security, Michigan’s first tech unicorn and largest venture-backed acquisition ($2.35 billion in 2018).
John Suh serves as Venture Partner at Spring Ventures. John is a serial Internet entrepreneur with two decades of experience. Prior to LegalZoom, he served as CEO of StudioDirect, the Internet division of publicly traded Li and Fung.
Chief Executive Officer
Transit Wireless, LLC
Melinda is a CEO who builds and leads with respect for the customer and use of technology. Her experience ranges from start-up to Fortune 500, leading organizations to drive profitable growth.
Chris Yang is a Partner with Accomplice, an early-stage technology venture capital firm based in Boston with over $5.5B in AUM. Accomplice is the reference investor in AngelList, DraftKings, Hopper, Workhuman, and over two dozen unicorns across the portfolio.
Arbitrator & Mediator
Kay Kyungsun Yu serves as a neutral arbitrator and a mediator. She is on multiple rosters of distinguished neutrals, including the Employment, Labor, Commercial, and Consumer Panels of the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.