Our Members

The Council of Korean Americans is a national membership community with many key strengths that make it attractive to leaders across the country. Our greatest strength is the makeup of our community. CKA consists of leaders and influencers from all over the nation. Our members represent diverse sectors and professions, from business, medicine, law, and academia to entertainment and the arts. Our belief is that by empowering leaders of all stages, we can uplift the communities they serve. Leadership development and support create a positive multiplier effect. 

 

Another key strength of CKA lies in the values of the organization. We are a curated national community of Korean American leaders who show the importance of service, generosity, collaboration, building bridges with other groups, and investing in each other. With these values in mind, we work to give back to the Korean American community, address societal challenges, and make a better world. 

 

Last but not least, CKA’s mission is to stand stronger together. As a network, our aim is to advance the national voice and increase the influence of the Korean American community. This effort seeks to build a stronger community, invest in leaders, celebrate our Korean American identity, and promote cooperation with other allied groups to make a positive contribution to this country and the world.

Membership Directory

Managing Director, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

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Chief Development Officer, CA Market for Equality Health Network

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Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jiahui Health

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Director of Research, Therapeutics, Casdin Capital, LLC

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Director of the Washington, D.C. Office, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

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Senior Expert on North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace

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Co-Chief Executive Officer of KKR

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Founder & Co-Director, Lumen

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Assistant Professor to Auburn University at Montgomery

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Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Summit Materials

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Venture Partner, Khosla Ventures

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Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

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Founder and CEO, Forever 21

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Professor of Ethnic Studies & Founder and Director, University of California, Riverside – Young Oak Kim Center

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Chief Operating Officer, Hayden Global

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CEO, The Korea Times

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Founder, Your Change Provider, PLLC

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Founder and CEO, Yogurtland Franchising Inc.

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Chief Clinical Informatics Officer, Clover Health

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Founder and CEO, KindredBio

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Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group

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Global Head of Trading, Cumberland | DRW

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Assistant Executive Director, New York City Campaign Finance Board

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President and CEO, Bread for the World Founder and President, One Day’s Wages

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Manager of Federal Government Relations, Verizon Communications

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Marshall Cho

Head Boys Basketball Coach, Lake Oswego

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Commissioner, Port of Seattle and Head of Public Policy, Loftium Inc

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Co-Founder & CFO, Concealment Express, LLC

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Partner, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones

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Professor, UCSD and President/Director, JCB

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Founder, United Exchange Corp.

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Vice President, Moelis & Company

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Conrad N. Hilton Professor of Entrepreneurship, Loyola Marymount University

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CEO & President, United Exchange Corp

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Director of Policy, New York City Mayor’s Office

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Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Senior Director, Africa for Global Communities

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Ji Mi Choi

Vice President, Knowledge Enterprise at Arizona State University

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CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

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Global Medical Director, Samsung Electronics

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General Partner, Knighted Ventures

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Senior Director for Strategy and GTM at Affirm

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Managing Partner, DC Metro Law LLC

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Partner, Venture Capital, Vulcan Capital

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Director Growth & Giving, Vision to Learn

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Founder and CEO, Equilar, Inc.

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Chief Operating Officer of SilverBox Capital

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Chief of Staff, Office of Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola

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Director of Athletics, Washington State University

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Chief Executive Officer, Innovo Property Group

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Attorney and Entrepreneur

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Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The George Washington University

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Managing Director, DAG Ventures

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Vice President of Policy & External Affairs, Holt International

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Facial Plastic Surgeon, Virginia Facial Plastics

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Founder and Managing Director, Draper Athena

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Founder, P31Business Ministry

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Doctor of Dental Medicine, Georgia Dental Implant Center

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Deputy Manager, Korean Innovation Center

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Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California

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Author, Educator, and Speaker, Dr. Stephanie Han

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Managing Director, Charlesbank

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Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University

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Senior Vice President and General Counsel, eBay

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Senior Director, UNICEF USA

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Vice-Chairman, PAFCO (Pacific American Seafood Company)

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Chairman and CEO, PAFCO (Pacific American Fish Company)

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Deputy General Counsel, Benchling, Inc.

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Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

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President and CEO, Faith and Community Empowerment

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Director for Critical Korean Studies and Professor of English & Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine

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Connie Chung Joe

CEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

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President & Principal, Jonak Law Group, P.C.

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Chief Operating Officer, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America

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Principal, Nassiri & Jung LLP

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Director, Kahng Foundation

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COO & General Counsel Stairwell, Inc

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Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCLA

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President, The Walt Disney Company, Asia Pacific

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Founder and CEO, InnovatorsBox

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Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.

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Chairman of Pacific Rim, Sperry Commercial Global Affiliates

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Chairwoman, Ewha University Alumnae Association of Chicago

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Chancellor and CEO, Fremont College/Fremont Private Investments

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Managing Director and Head of North America C-Bridge Capital

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Chief of Public Health, U.S. Army Fort Hood

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Chief Executive Officer, CJ ENM America

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Managing Partner, Valparaiso Capital Partners

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Principal, RoivantNEXT, Roivant Sciences, Inc.

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Managing Director, Old Mills Partners

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Physician, GI Center of California President, Korean American Graduate Medical Association

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Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Netgear

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Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager, Google

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Director, Waxman Strategies

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Co-Founder and CEO, Secure AI Labs

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Senior Analyst for Communities with Access and Functional Needs, California Public Utilities Commission

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Founding Chairman & CEO, Kizan International, dba Louis Raphael

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CEO & Founder, Crave Global Inc

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Partner, Co-Chair Global Capital Markets, Cooley LLP

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Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Executive Director at Moelis & Company

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Partner at Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

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CEO, C2Education

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Managing Director, DigiTx Partners

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Secretary, California State Transportation Agency

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Assistant Clinical Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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Research Analyst, Stimson Center

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Private Investor and Chairman & CEO, PT Sarabau Mas Group and Luckyhill Mining SDN BHD

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Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group

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Professor, Ethnic Studies Department, Asian American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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Director of Strategic Research Advancement, University of Hawaii

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Chief Financial Officer, Roti Modern Mediterranean

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SVP Planning and Strategy, Signature HealthCare Services

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Founder, Kaleb Group

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Partner, LimNexus LLP

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Vice President of Product, Senior Director of Customer Retention, Wayfair, Inc.

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Founder, Remember727

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President & CEO, Inovio Pharmaceuticals

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Founder and CEO, Urbantec Development Partners, LLC.

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CEO, DataLocker, Inc.

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Vice President, Gates Capital Partners

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Co-Founder & CEO, UYU Ltd.

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Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

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Partner, KPMG

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Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

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Chair, Intellectual Property Practice, Rubin and Rudman LLP

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Medical Director, Ark Clinical Research

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Chairman, President, and CEO, BBCN Bancorp and BBCN Bank

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Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College

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Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

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General Counsel, Fox Restaurant Concepts

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Head of Business Planning and Operations for the Haematology R&D group of AstraZeneca

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Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures

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Founding Partner, Kobre & Kim LLP

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Dentist, Bryant Park Dental Associates

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Head, Business Development & Alliance Management, Jounce Therapeutics

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Principal, LaSalle Asset Management

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Co-founder, co-director and Senior Research Fellow

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Senior Deputy Attorney General, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

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Trial Partner, LimNexus LLP

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Founder & Managing Partner, Lincoln Square Partners

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Assistant Comptroller, City of New York for the Bureau of Law & Adjustment

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Soo Kim

Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

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Managing Partner and Founder, PGP Capital Advisors

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International Director

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CEO, Edmodo

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General Partner, CerraCap Cares

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Managing Director, Korean American Center / Korean American Services

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Deputy Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations (RAIO), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

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Managing Director, Independent Directors Council

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Deputy Comptroller for State Government Accountability, Office of the New York State Comptroller

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CEO, Tina Kim Gallery

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Partner, Ropes & Gray

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Managing Partner, LKP Global Law, LLP

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Senior Writer, Mack Sumner Communications

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CEO, Samsung Bioepis

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Chief Technology Officer and Head of Quantitative Research, Archegos Capital Management

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CEO, PERVERSE sunglasses

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Managing Director, Bankers Capital International

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Producer & Media Executive

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Selectman, Town of Andover

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President, Arco Collaborative

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Marianne D. Short and Ray Skowyra Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

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Chil Kong

Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre MTC

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President & CEO, Hanmi Bank

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Plastic Surgeon, Edmund Kwan, MD PC

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Senior Director, Product Management, Google

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Private Equity Associate, The Carlyle Group

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President, AppHarvest

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Partner, Investcorp Strategic Capital

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Political Adviser, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, U.S. State Department

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Judicial Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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Senior Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation

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President and CEO, Refraction

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Partner, Rutan & Tucker, LLP

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Managing Director, Rockefeller Capital Management

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Senior Fellow, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

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Jee Abbey Lee

Owner, Common Hour Media, Inc.

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Senior Research Fellow, East Asia, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

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Co-Managing Partner, Knighted Ventures

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Founder, President and CEO, Esker Therapeutics

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Partner, Nelson Mullins

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Kristen Lee

Senior Medical Director, Pfizer

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Co-Founder and CEO of GenEdit

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President and CEO, Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY

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Vice Chair and Chief Executive, Officer of HS Manufacturing Group Vice Chair, Greentech Global Pte. Ltd.

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Co-Founder and COO, Clever Care Health Plan

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SVP, Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company

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Acting Director, Office of Planning & Events, Bureau of Global Public Affairs, Department of State

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Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

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CEO, Dokkaebier

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Partner, Knobbe Martens LLP

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Justice Deputy, Los Angeles County Supervisor, Hilda Solis

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Managing Partner, LimNexus LLP

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Junie Lim

General Counsel, Novo Ventures Inc.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer, Target Corporation

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Chief Innovation Officer, Guidewire Software

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Partner | Director of Productions, International Secret Agents

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grace han mcmahon

Associate Vice President and Head, Pacific Business Development & Licensing, Merck & Co., Inc.

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Organizational Psychologist | Senior Board Consultant, Nygren Consulting, LLC

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Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP

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Assistant Professor, UC Irvine School of Law

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Partner, LimNexus LLP

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Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations, I Squared Capital

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Partner, Andreeseen Horowitz

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Director of Global Government Affairs, Amgen

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Managing Partner, Altos Ventures

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Medical Director, Inova Laboratories, Inova Health System

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Managing Partner, Clarity Partners, LLC

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Distinguished Professor of Korean Studies (Retired), Georgetown University

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Founding Partner, Shumener, Odson, Oh LLP

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EVP/Chief Commercial Officer, Homeplus

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President, Forever 21

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Partner, Alston & Bird

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Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Regional Health Command – Atlantic

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Partner/Co-Chair of National IP Litigation, Quinn Emanuel

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Managing Partner, SparkLabs

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Lead Director, Seagate Technology

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Acting Prosecutor, Union County, NJ

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Founder and Managing Partner, HC Park & Associates, PLC

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Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, FirstEnergy

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Head of Emerging Growth Companies Practice, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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Former Executive Editor, People Magazine

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Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar, Harvard Medical School

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Executive Director, Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco

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Data Analyst | Epidemiologist, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director

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Acting Chief, Financial Litigation Section, U.S. Attorneys Office, Central District of California

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steve park

Executive Director, Little Lights Urban Ministries in DC

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Co-founder and President, DramaFever Corp

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Chief Executive Janitor, General Building Maintenance, Inc.

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Partner, Park Jensen Bennett LLP

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President & CEO, GeneOne Life Science, Inc.

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CEO, Pegula Sports & Entertainment

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Partner, Catalyst

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Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, and General Counsel, Altura Credit Union

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2017 Special Counsel, US Department of Justice

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Name Partner, Bird Marella

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Partner Cooley, LLP

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Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law, UCI School of Law

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Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center

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CEO, Samsung Biologics

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CEO & Board Chair, IntuitiveX

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President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health System

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kate seitz

Assurance Partner, RSM US LLP

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Founder and Co-CEO of Modern Global Sourcing

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Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office

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Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP

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Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch

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Producer, NBC’s “Stay Tuned”

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Professor & Director, Dominican University, School of Social Work

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Professor/Director, Sociology/International Studies, Stanford University

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Chief Scientific Officer & Chief Global Affairs Officer at RIIID Medical & Research

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Neurosurgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Senior Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce

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Partner, LimNexus, LLP

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Chief Strategy Officer, USA Gymnastics

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President, Satsun Corporation

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Community Volunteer, Various

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Vice President for Global Initiatives Director, TREAT Asia amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research

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Founder and CEO, Song Group

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eunice song

Executive Director, Korean American Coalition in Los Angeles

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CEO and Chairwoman, Superior Grocers

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Co-Founder and CEO, Fuse Biotherapeutics

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paul song

Director of Trusts and Estates, Bonhams Auctioneers and Appraisals

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Founder, President, Senior Art Director, Gimga Design Group LLC

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Fellow, Stimson Center

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Nonprofit Advisor

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Civil Affairs Officer Candidate at the United States Army

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Counsel, Larson LLP

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Strategic Financial Executive, Walbridge Partners

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Neurosurgeon, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

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Partner, LimNexus LLP

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Founder & CEO, Michael Yang Capital Management, LLC

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Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, New York University School of Medicine

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Managing Partner, Law Offices of Yun Jung Yang, LLC

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Chief Investment Officer, Real Hospitality Group

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Partner, Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP

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CEO, Pingo Solar

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Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, IonQ

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Partner, Bird Marella

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Director at the IRS

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Partner, Yoon, LLP

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Managing Counsel, North Asia, Tesla Inc.

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CEO, Talent Age Associates

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Co-Founder, Asians in LA

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President, NCSOFT

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Founder and Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners, LLC

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Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Heinz and Liselotte Nehring Stiftung/Foundation

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Associate Attorney, Parker McCay

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angie you

CEO, Amunix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Co-Owner & Former NFL President, San Francisco 49ers

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Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Executive Director & COO, Ploughshares Fund

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