Dear Distinguished CKA Members,
Abraham Kim, Ph.D.
Council of Korean Americans
INTRODUCING OUR NEW CKA MEMBERS
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Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P (KKR)
Joseph Y. Bae joined KKR in 1996 and is the Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of KKR. Mr. Bae has been a member of the board of directors of KKR & Co. Inc. since July 16, 2017. Prior to July 2017, when he was promoted to his current position, he was the managing partner of KKR Asia and the global head of KKR’s Infrastructure and Energy Real Asset businesses.
Boston Consulting Group
Alice Cho has over 25 years of experience in financial services, public policy, and corporate boards. Currently, she is Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group and serves on the board of directors at First Interstate BancSystem (Nasdaq: FIBK), where she is a member of its Audit, Risk, and Technology Committees.
Clara Huh is the Senior Director of Leadership Giving at UNICEF USA. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s global work as a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. Clara leads the strategy, growth and development of UNICEF USA’s Leadership Circle program which generates over $22MM revenue annually.
Valparaiso Capital Partners
Aaron Kim is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Valparaiso Capital Partners, an Asia-focused private equity firm regionally based in Singapore. Valparaiso invests in Asian businesses and assets that provide institutional investors with specific participation on a direct investment and non-discretionary basis. Valparaiso co-invests, acts as the sponsor, and represents principal investors for each of its projects.
Anika is a public health advocate with experience across the public, private, and intergovernmental sectors of the health field in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, she serves as a Director of the Health Practice at Waxman Strategies. Anika’s work at Waxman focuses on addressing health inequities, health care costs and access issues, and public health outbreaks.
Boston Consulting Group
John has leadership experience in strategy, finance, and startups. John is passionate about building teams with a common purpose to drive growth, developing strategies with senior leadership in a Chief of Staff capacity, and delivering scalable business impact that benefits society as a whole. John currently consults senior leadership teams to drive global business impact at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Tina Kim Gallery
Founded in New York in 2001 by Tina Kim and located in Chelsea, Tina Kim Gallery is celebrated for its unique programming that emphasizes international contemporary artists, historical overviews, and independently curated shows. Tina Kim has been a leading presence in the global art community, working with internationally acclaimed artists to produce their exhibitions on a worldwide scale, as well as publishing scholarly artist books.
Private Equity Associate
The Carlyle Group
Brandon Lee is a Private Equity Associate at The Carlyle Group, focusing on investments in the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. He is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining The Carlyle Group, Brandon was an investment banking analyst in the Global Industrials Group at Citigroup in New York.
Janice Y. K. Lee is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels, The Piano Teacher and The Expatriates. Both titles were published to critical acclaim from the New York Times, People, and the New Yorker among others. Janice’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Travel & Leisure, as well as numerous other publications.
Organizational Psychologist | Senior Board Consultant
Nygren Consulting, LLC
JoAnn McNutt was born in Seoul and immigrated to the United States at the age of 6. She grew up in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area. JoAnn earned a Doctoral in organizational psychology, a Master’s in change management, and a Bachelor’s in psychology. She has been an advisor to boards and senior executives on matters related to governance, leadership, and strategy for 20 years.
Alston & Bird
Byung J. “BJay” Pak is currently a Partner in the Litigation and Trial Practice Group at Alston & Bird, where he concentrates his practice on white collar and government enforcement matters, high-stakes trials, and appellate matters. From 2017 to 2021, BJay served as the 25th Senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director
Melissa is passionate about communicating the data story to the lay public, particularly on health disparities. In recent years, she made a career shift to apply data science to the diversity, equity, and inclusion sphere after attending a panel discussion on the dearth of Asian voices and advocacy in Federal employment.
John Rim is the CEO of Samsung Biologics (a public company with $50 B valuation) on Kospi, who has scaled businesses for rapid growth from start-up to global CDMO Leader. He has built world class capabilities that increased business value through new business start-ups, building management teams, strategic business planning, and operational excellence.
Professor & Director
Dominican University, School of Social Work
Joyce Shim is the Director at Dominican University’s School of Social Work where she is also a tenured, full Professor. As director, she oversees the school’s operation, budget, curriculum, personnel as well as its strategic planning and accreditation. As faculty, she teaches graduate courses such as Global Family Policy, Social Work Research Method, Program Evaluation, and Race and Ethnicity in the US Social Policy, among others.
John H. Shin
Massachusetts General Hospital
John H. Shin MD, is an American Board of Neurological Surgery certified attending neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shin is an internationally recognized thought leader in spine surgery and treats the full spectrum of complex spinal disorders.
Young Yoon is a construction litigation attorney, based in the Mount Laurel office of Parker McCay. Young has significant experience with auto property damage lawsuits through trial or settlement. Young’s background also includes residential and commercial real estate transactional work. While in law school, Young worked with the Community Health Law Project in Collingswood, where he handled matters involving developmentally disabled clients and tenant rights with regard to housing habitability.