Who we are

Board of Directors

Mee Eun Chang

Mee Eun Chang began her relationship with the MinKwon Center by volunteering as a college student for the MinKwon Center. She also became Manager at the MinKwon Center’s ally organization, Young Koreans United of NY. She continues to be active in the immigrant rights campaigns. She currently teaches music at Jewish Community Center.

Chung-Wha Hong

Chung-Wha Hong has been playing a leadership role since the MinKwon Center’s foundation. She began as YKASEC’s Social Services program volunteer. She went on to become Executive Director of National Korean American Service & Education Consortium where she led a number of successful immigrant advocacy campaigns. She has perviously served as the Executive Director at the New York Immigration Coalition.

Byung Ho Kang

Byung Ho Kang is one of the founding members of the MinKwon Center in 1984. Later, while managing his business, he continued to support MinKwon’s work through his leadership and financial support. Also, in 1985, he co-created Binari, MinKwon’s Korean drumming troupe.                          

Hee Sook Kim, CPA.

Hee Sook Kim started her activism in local affiliates of Young Koreans United, and served as the President of the Young Koreans United National. Through her tenure as President, Hee Sook launched successful campaigns including the “Peace between North and South Korea” campaign and “North Korea Food Aid” campaign. Hee Sook is currently a CPA at Ernst & Young.

Jennifer Heejin Kim, Esq.

Vice President

Jennifer Kim started her involvement at the MinKwon Center as a high school volunteer. Jennifer is currently the Program Director of the Refugee Assistance Program at the City Bar Justice Center, helping immigrants that are seeking asylum or facing deportation proceedings. She also serves as founding member of the Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA), a group of 2nd generation Korean Americans working to advocate for progressive causes.

Sukon Kim, M.D.

Dr. Sukon Kim has been a long-time member and activist at the MinKwon Center (formerly YKASEC) and has served as the Honorary Board Chair since 2008. Dr. Kim is a psychiatrist in private practice, a Diplomate at the American Board of Psychiatry and is also the President of the Society for Korean Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Kim was the recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at MinKwon’s 25th anniversary gala.

Sungok Lee

As the first Executive Director at the National Korean American Services & Education Consortium, founded in 1994 by the MinKwon Center and its sister organizations, Sungok Lee paved the way for the members of the Korean American community to become active in advocacy work. Also as a member of Young Koreans United of USA, she managed international activism including fighting for peace on the Korean peninsula. She currently serves as Director of Community Organizing in the Women’s Division on General Board of Global Ministries at United Methodist Church.

Yu Soung Mun

President

Yu Soung Mun has been a long-time community activist since 1987, and formerly served as the Executive Director at the MinKwon Center for ten years. Prior to his involvement at the MinKwon Center, Yu Soung started his activism in a sister organization called the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles, and then served both as the Executive Director at the Korean American Community Center in Philadelphia and as the National Organizing Director of Young Koreans United of USA. Yu Soung has played an integral part in the MinKwon Center’s growth. 

Chul Pak, Esq.

Since January 2007, Chul Pak has served as a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's antitrust practice. He focuses on antitrust litigation, mergers, and counseling. Chul defends clients in class actions, individual lawsuits, and complex multi-district antitrust litigations across the United States. He is a strong supporter of the immigrant community.

Sun Ah(Michelle) Park

A long-time friend and supporter of the MinKwon Center, Sun Ah (Michelle) Park began her association with MinKwon in 1999 as a member of the Young Koreans United. She later served as MinKwon’s legal fellow focusing on providing services relating to applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). An ardent supporter of the MinKwon Center, Sun Ah (Michelle) is still involved with MinKwon as a monthly sponsor and a book club member. She currently works as an associate attorney at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, representing international and national commercial clients in general liability and complex reinsurance matters in state, federal and appellate courts. She is an experienced litigator who has handled a wide range of civil matters from complex commercial contracts to employment, trademark and real estate transactions.

Sungyeon Park

Sungyeon Park became involved with the MinKwon Center as a participating youth member of the MinKwon Center Summer Focus Group. She continued her relationship with the MinKwon Center as a volunteer and activist for various immigrant rights campaigns. Sungyeon currently works as a fashion designer.

Yangsun Park

Secretary & Treasurer

Yangsun Park first became active with the MinKwon Center’s then-sister organization, Korean American Community Center in Philadelphia. When she moved to New York, she became a member of Young Koreans United of NY and the MinKwon Center’s Social Services Director. She now works as Baby Phat Layette Designer at Parigi group.

Yong Chun Rim

Yong Chun Rim has been with the MinKwon Center since the organization’s inception. He served as Chairman of the board at the MinKwon Center’s sister organization Young Koreans United’s Philadelphia office, and later served as Board Chair of Korean American Community Center in New York.  He currently runs a construction business.