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Board of Advisors

The Advisory Board is a group of individuals that has a history of involvement in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) politics and provides guidance to the organization.

Board Members

Board Members work with the Executive Team to help elect progressive Korean American candidates through endorsements and fundraisers.

Advisors

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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Jonathan Zucker

Jonathan Zucker is a campaign finance attorney and political technology entrepreneur. He was the first COO and second CEO of ActBlue. Prior to that, he served the DNC as National Director of Operations for Finance during the 2003- 2004 presidential cycle. More recently, he has founded or advised several political tech start-ups, including It Starts Today, Democracy Engine, ruck.us, and Crowdpac.

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Howard Moon

Howard is an Executive Director of Government Affairs at Amgen. Prior to joining Amgen, Howard spent a decade working in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Senior Policy Advisor and Floor Assistant to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. In addition, he was a Floor Assistant for the former Democratic Whip David Bonior and worked for the late Congressman Robert Matsui (D-CA), former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

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Mark Keam

Delegate Mark L. Keam is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

His legislative district is entirely within Fairfax County, and includes 85,000 residents. In 2009, Mark became the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American elected to any state-level office in Virginia. Since then, voters in the 35th District have returned Mark to Richmond for additional two-year terms. Active in the community, Mark has helped start or worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations that focus on his passions, including civic engagement, serving immigrants and minorities, developing youth leadership, and promoting literacy and lifelong learning.

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Members

BOARD MEMBERS

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Grace Choi,
President

Grace Choi is the Founder and CEO of Karis Consulting Group, a national consulting firm that provides community organizing, strategic advising, and coalition building support for AANHPI organizations to empower the voice and capacity of the community. Grace is a community strategist and political leader with over 15 years of experience in community  organizing,  policy, advocacy, diplomacy, international development, and politics, where she has worked closely with high-level government, United Nations, non-profit, and private sector officials in the U.S. and around the world.

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Linda Shim,
VP of Campaigns

Linda is Vice President of Federal Government Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal. She most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel at the White House. She also worked for the Congressional California delegation as Chief of staff to Congresswoman Judy Chu (CAPAC Chair) and former Congresswoman Jane Harman.

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Esther S. Im
VP of Operations/Secretary

Esther is the Senior Peace and Security Policy Advisor at Foreign Policy for America (FP4A), where she leads on issues related to China, Iran, North Korea and nuclear policy. Previously she worked at the National Committee on North Korea and the United Nations. She was born and raised in Arkansas and now lives in Washington DC.

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Rep. Andy Kim

Congressman Andy Kim was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County. Rep. Kim is a member of the House Small Business Committee and Chairs the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. He also sits on the House Armed
Services Committee.

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State Rep. Sam Park

Sam Park is the State Representative from Georgia House District 101 in Gwinnett County which include the cities of Lawrenceville and Suwanee. Georgia native, born and raised. Korean American son of immigrants and grandson of refugees. First lawyer in the family. Living the American Dream and working to ensure others have the same opportunity.

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Jihee Huh

Ms. Huh serves as the Vice Chair of PAFCO, is the Co-Founder of Pete’s Seafood Club, and is the Asian Pacific Island American Public Affairs Commissioner for the State of  California. She is also the Vice Chair of the Saban Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Ms. Huh is a philanthropist and distinguished activist who has done transformational work in human rights and education.

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Daniel M. Lee,
VP of Communications

 

Dan Lee is a healthcare entrepreneur and founder of Auxa Health. He previously held positions at the World Bank and various offices in federal and state government. Dan serves as a trustee and board member at Partners for Development. He resides in Washington, DC.
 

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Erica Lee,
Treasurer

Erica is the Chief of Staff at FiscalNote where she works at the intersection between policy and technology to help organizations stay ahead of risk by empowering them with critical insights to turn tools into action. She is located in Fairfax, Virginia, right outside Washington D.C.

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Irene Kang

Irene is Vice President of Government Affairs for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®. She was formerly Chief of Staff to DC City Councilmember Anita Bonds and worked at the DC Council for almost a decade. She is currently located in Washington DC.

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Katherine Kim

Kat is a business operations leader at a consumer fintech company. Prior to her current role, she was a consultant/principal at a fintech-focused advisory and investment firm and a senior analyst at the U.S. central bank overseeing reserve bank operations. Born and raised in the NYC metro area, Kat now lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and dog.

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Julia Kim

Julia is Chief of Staff for Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola. She is the former Chief Of Staff for Virginia Delegate Mark Keam, and former Chairman of the Virginia Asian Advisory Board. Julia has a long history of U.S. and international start-up experience as well as extensive experience in politics, policymaking, public relations, and building programs from the ground up. She lives in VA.

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David Y. Kim

David Kim currently serves as the Treasurer and Affirmative Action co-chair for the Washington State Democratic Party where he helps to fundraise for the party and candidates. He also serves as the Director of Government and International Affairs for the City of Seattle where he directs international engagement. David also assists on President Biden’s advance team helping with official White House and campaign functions. David is a graduate of the University of Washington and received his MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and his MPP from Tokyo University. 

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Justin Oh

Justin is Member Services and Outreach Advisor for Democratic Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar. He was former Special Assistant to Congressman Charlie Crist and previously served as House Chair of the Congressional Korean American Staff Association.

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Juliegh Chin

Juleigh was the Director of AAPI Outreach in the successful Special Election to elect Congressman Tom Suozzi in NY3. She continues to champion representation and inclusion in politics and government, serving as the Past President, Past VP, and current Trustee for Herricks Schools Board of Education since 2013, as a valued member of the Board of Directors for AAIRE (Asian American Institute of Research and Engagement), former NYS Co-Director of Make Us Visible, and now as the Community Coalitions Manager for the New York State Democratic Committee. She was the former Deputy Town Clerk for the Town of North Hempstead. Juleigh, born and raised in Pittsburgh, now lives in Nassau County, NY.

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Michelle Kim

Michelle Kim is a public policy expert with over 15 years of experience crafting progressive policies. Trusted advisor to elected officials in New York City and California State, Michelle helped pass a number of legislation and built advocacy campaigns in areas including gender equity, workers' rights and justice reform. Michelle also teaches public administration courses at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

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Steve Kang

Steve S. Kang is the Director of External Affairs at Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC) which provides services in mental health, drug treatment, financial literacy, tree planting, and more. In addition, Steve serves as the Commission Vice President of the Central Area Planning Commission at the City of Los Angeles. Prior to joining KYCC, Steve served as District Director in the California State Assembly and Executive Director of the Korean American Coalition (KAC-LA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from Columbia University and a Master of Science from The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE. In 2016, Steve was honored by the Empowerment Congress as one of 40 Emerging Civic Leaders Under 40.

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Jennifer Park

Jennifer Park is the Executive Director of the Opportunity Accelerator and the Founding Director of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities (WWC) Certification. With over 15 years of experience in government innovation and transformation, she has led signature government innovation programs focused on supporting governments in their pursuit to accelerate equitable economic mobility outcomes in their communities. Jenn also serves on the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance Task Force and is a panelist for the National Science Foundation’s Civic Innovation Challenge. She was selected to participate in the Center for Community Investment’s 2024-2025 Field Catalyst program and recently completed her tenure as a Public Interest Tech Visiting Practitioner at Cornell Tech.

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