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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.

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Linda Butcher Senior Director of Programming & Initiatives

Linda Butcher is the Senior Director of Programming and Initiatives at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). She has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit and public affairs industries, gaining experience in areas that include: external relations, strategic planning,  program & project management, operations, and communications. A proactive and vision-driven team player who loves to collaborate, Linda thrives on developing engaging and creative solutions to further the mission of establishments.

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So Yeon Kang Director of Development

So Yeon Kang is the Director of Development at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). She has over ten years of experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and community engagement.
Before CKA, So Yeon served as the Development Manager at Mikva Challenge, where she focused on growing the individual and event giving initiatives. Previously, So Yeon has worked at nonprofits focused on issues including community development, culture change, and intimate partner violence.

Angela Cho Membership & Program Manager

Angela Cho is the Membership and Program Manager at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) where she works with the Director of Operations & Programming and the Community Engagement Manager to oversee the organization’s leadership development programs and its partnerships with Korean American and allied organizations around the country.

Aileen Chung

Aileen Chung Executive Administrator & Program Associate

Aileen Chung is the Executive Administrator and Program Associate at the Council of Korean Americans (CKA). She is the supportive force that empowers the CKA senior leadership by working closely with the Executive Director, Director of Operations and Engagement, and Director of Programming, and ensuring all their needs are met. She comes to CKA with over five years of experience in the art field. She has worked at various art and cultural institutions, including Nam June Paik Cultural Foundation in Korea, The National Building Museum in Washington, DC, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Catherine Chon Membership & Marketing Coordinator

Catherine Chon is a Membership & Marketing Coordinator at the Council of Korean Americans where she supports the Membership & Program Manager and the Digital Marketing Manager. She was recently promoted from summer intern to assist with membership and program initiatives.