With a new year comes more opportunities to celebrate and strengthen the Korean American community. As we begin 2022, we would like to thank you again for your support and commitment to CKA and the growth of Korean American leaders. This past year, we’ve recognized many historic moments.
Please read below about the progress and accomplishments in the lives of our CKA trailblazers. It is indeed inspiring to see how Korean Americans are making a huge impact in so many sectors like technology, business, government, law, research, and sports.
We look forward to spending another year with you and our members.
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
Three Korean Americans Named to President Biden’s Advisory Commission
Actor and activist Daniel Dae Kim, CKA Member Kevin Kim, and human rights activist Sarah Min were appointed as Advisory Commissioners for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and will advise the President on policies to respond to anti-Asian xenophobia, address intersectional barriers, and advance equity and opportunity.
Congratulations to Emma Broyles, the First Korean American Miss America
In December, Emma has crowned the new Miss America, making history as the first Korean American and the first Alaskan to hold the national title.
Linda Lee Sworn in as One of New York’s First Korean American Members of City Council
Congratulations to CKA Member Linda Lee for her election to New York City Council! Linda will represent District 23 and serve as one of the five new Asian Americans serving in the new city council…
Frank was featured in the Korea Herald article regarding the benefits of a declaration to end the Korean War.
Eugene’s article about his relationship with hunger and its influence on his work as CEO and president of Bread for the World was published in Newsweek.
Congratulations to Shirley for her appointment to Heritage Global’s board of directors! She will also serve as a member of the Compensation Committee.
FiscalNote acquired Aicel Technologies, strengthening and broadening FiscalNote’s business in the alternative data industry.
Monica’s podcast, Dear Workplace, won Best Business/Finance Podcast of the year by Asian American Podcasters Association in their 2021 Golden Crane Awards.
DigiTx Partners led a $17 million Series B funding round for Mightier, a video game system proven to improve children’s emotional health.
David completed his tenure as Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency. Congratulations on a job well done!
Kevin was named to President Biden’s Advisory Commission for AANHPI and was appointed by NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams as Commissioner of New York City Small Business Services.
Jee wrote a feature article on how Korean businesses are utilizing AI humans, particularly in Korean entertainment and media.
Congratulations to Dr. June Lee for her appointment to CinCor Pharma’s board of directors! She will aid in shaping CIN-107’s clinical development and commercial strategy.
Congratulations to Don for his appointment to Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc.’s board of directors! He is also a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Nomination and Corporate Governance committees.
James was a panelist for an International Bar Association webinar about anti-corruption compliance trends in the United States, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
Chris Park has shifted from CEO to an advisory role at Gen.G to focus on the development of Gen.G’s sports and education pillars.
Kee commented on the effectiveness of North Korea’s lockdown in preventing pandemic deaths.
Dr. Jaewon Ryu was ranked 62nd in Modern Healthcare’s annual list of “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for Geisinger’s work in expanding home health services and plans to open a new orthopedics center. Congratulations!
Amunix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was acquired by Sanofi in an effort to expand its medicinal contributions to oncology patients.
Philip wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about how lessons from U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks can be applied to negotiations with Iran.