Dear Distinguished CKA Members,
I am proud to introduce our 13 newest members to the Council of Korean Americans. Our Summer 2022 membership cohort is composed of trailblazers and innovators in law, business, government, health, sports, academia, and media. These new members represent some of the brightest Korean American leaders in the country.
We are honored to have them join our ever-growing CKA community and look forward to their active participation in future programs.
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.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Eunice Choi is a partner in the San Francisco office of Goodwin Procter, helping fund managers set up venture capital funds to invest in startup companies with a particular focus on women and underrepresented fund managers.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Olivia Chung is the partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Singapore office, representing some of the world’s most prominent private equity, hedge fund, and fund through her work assisting private fund sponsors.
Director of International and Interagency – 5G
Department of Defense – Office of the Secretary of Defense
Larry Hencshel is the Director of International and Interagency – 5G at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Office of the Under Secretary for Research and Engineering in the Pentagon while also taking a role in mentorship and students’ professional development through several volunteer positions and community efforts.
Partner & COO
MSP Sports Capital
Sharon Hwang is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer at MSP Sports Capital, where she oversees the firm’s operations as well as capital raising and investor relations functions.
White House Fellow
Office of Management and Budget & White House COVID-19 Response Team
Andrew Ikhyun Kim is a White House Fellow placed at the Office of Management and Budget where his work includes executing vaccine requirements, Federal workforce re-entry, and future work, serving as a health consultant for OIRA and supporting the White House COVID-19 Response Team.
Loyola M. University
Nadia Y. Kim is a Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies (and Sociology) at Loyola Marymount University. Her research focuses on facets of US race and citizenship injustices, and her approach centers on (neo)imperialism, transnationality, and the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and citizenship.
Shareholder & Co-Chair of the Global Finance Practice
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Richard C. Kim is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Finance Practice and Co-Chair of the New York Corporate Practice. Richard is also the Co-Hiring Chair and the Co-Career Development Liaison for the firm’s New York Office.
Founder & Managing Partner
Christopher Kwon, MD is the co-founder and managing partner of Physicians Premier, the Freestanding Emergency Facilities group that currently owns and operates nine Emergency Rooms and four Urgent Care facilities in the South Texas region with roughly 120 Emergency Medicine Physicians.
Radiologist, Screenwriter & Producer
SCPMG/Kaiser & Double Happiness Productions
Dr. Jennifer Young Lee is an author, screenwriter, and radiologist. She founded her company Double Happiness Productions in 2019 and is currently developing a medical series, family drama, and rom-com feature while also Executive Producing an Asian empowerment movie.
Na-Ri Oh is the Executive Director of Gilead Sciences, and her professional focus is to bring life-saving medicines to patients with underserved diseases, holding a personal and professional sense of responsibility to work on diseases that disproportionately affect people from Asia and Africa.
Director of Football Research
John Park joined the Indianapolis Colts in 2016 as its Director of Football Research, leading the organization’s football research and strategic initiatives and responsible for identifying, developing, and deploying resources to support and inform all football operations.
Chair of Neurosurgery
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Stephen Ryu, MD, is a neurosurgeon who serves as the Chair of Neurosurgery at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. His main clinical interest has been minimally invasive spine surgery and technology.
Stella (Somin) Yoo
Stella (Somin) Yoo is a managing director in the Technology Advisory Group at Evercore, advising leading technology firms and financial sponsors on a variety of transactions.