Abraham Kim, Ph.D. Executive Director

Abraham Kim, Ph.D., is the Executive Director at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). He comes to CKA with 20 years of experience in foreign policy analyses, leadership development and innovation consulting. Previously, Dr. Kim served as Executive Director at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center located on the campus of the University of Montana, where he oversaw 50 staff, faculty and affiliates. During Dr. Kim’s tenure, the Center became one of the foremost U.S.-Asia policy and leadership development institutes in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies region.

Ruth Song Director of Operations & Programming

Ruth Song is the Director of Operations & Programming at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). She comes to CKA after working on several major branding and cause campaigns, including the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationNational Retail FederationNational Association of Corporate DirectorsAssociation of Corporate CounselAmerican Pharmacists AssociationUS Water Alliance, and Priorities USA Action. Before working with NGOs and professional associations, Ruth worked with nonprofit and arts organizations in the Washington D.C. area including the National Gallery of ArtThe Phillips Collection, and Wolf Trap Foundation.

Paul Park Program Manager

Paul Park is a Program Manager at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). Paul works closely with the Executive Director and the management team to initiate and execute membership engagement programs, as well as oversee the CKA-KALCA Public Service Internship Program. Previously, Paul was a Senior Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies where he co-authored publications on a wide variety of Korea-related issues and managed research initiatives related to East Asia.

Kevin Koo Community Engagement Associate

Kevin Koo is a Community Engagement Associate at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). Kevin works closely with the Executive Director and Senior Director to educate and empower Korean Americans on national issues as well support ongoing leadership development programs.