Who we are

Meet Our Team

The MinKwon Center is comprised of individuals from various disciplines and backgrounds,
all who are committed to serving, educating, and developing leaders in the Korean American and the wider Asian American communities.

Eri Cahill

Eri Cahill

Legal Services Coordinator

Eri Cahill is a Legal Services Associate at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with legal immigration issues. She has a Korean parent and grew up in Japan. She came to the U.S. for school and received her B.A. in Global Studies concentrating in Global Inequality from Appalachian State University. 

Ju-Bum Cha

Ju-Bum Cha

Senior Consultant of Strategy and Special Projects

Ju-Bum Cha is the Senior Consultant of Strategy and Special Projects at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He coordinates all of the media outreach efforts as well as overseeing internal communications, education, strategy, and projects. He is a 1st generation Korean American who came to the United States in 1992. He started volunteering at the MinKwon Center in 1994 and joined its full-time staff in 2004 where he directed the Immigrant Rights Advocacy Program. Prior to joining the MinKwon Center, Ju-Bum worked at an affiliate of MinKwon, Young Koreans United – New York Chapter.

Jonathan Chung

Jonathan Chung

Civic Engagement Associate

Jonathan Chung is the Civic Engagement Associate at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He works in coalition with other organizations to integrate API community members into civic and political processes. Having grown up in Flushing, he is proudly working at MinKwon to preserve the neighborhood's dignity. His favorite Flushing secret is the diagram of cell mitosis on the Flushing Library wall. Jonathan attended Vassar College where he received his B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies with minors in Asian American Studies and Sociology.

Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung

Immigrant Justice Corps – Justice Fellow

Sonya Chung is an Immigrant Justice Corps – Justice Fellow at the Minkwon Center for Community Action. She feels privileged to serve community members in their immigration matters. Sonya’s parents immigrated to the US from South Korea, and Sonya was born and raised in Texas before moving to New York City in 2014. Sonya received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and B.A. from University of Texas at Austin. 

Grace Cui

Grace Cui

Chinese Community Outreach Coordinator

Grace Cui is the Chinese Community Outreach Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with access to financial benefits, immigration service, housing and/or labor-related service. Prior to joining MinKwon, Grace worked at Womankind and provided counseling and case management to women and children that are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Grace was born and raised in China and moved to the U.S. in 2008. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Science and Tech Beijing and earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University. 
 

Dan Hong

Dan Hong

Americorps VISTA: Social Media & Comms.

Dan Hong is the 2018-2019 Americorps VISTA at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He assists MinKwon's communications needs by managing its website, social media, press relations and graphic design. Dan is a 2nd generation Korean-American born and raised in Portland, OR who moved to NYC to start his year of service. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.

Julie Jo

Julie Jo

Operations Coordinator

Julie Jo is the Operations Sr. Associate at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. Through her role, she hopes to provide a strong support for her team. She is a 2nd generation Korean-American, born and raised in Queens, New York. She received her B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.

Yoon Ji Kim

Yoon Ji Kim

Social Services Director

Yoon Ji Kim is the Social Services Director at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with access to financial benefits and oversees the Social Services program. Yoon Ji is a  2nd generation Korean American from Queens who first became involved with the MinKwon Center as a volunteer with the Advocacy and Community Organizing Program in 2009. She received her B.A. in Political Science and English from University of Michigan.

Jennifer Kong

Jennifer Kong

Social Services Sr. Associate

Jennifer Kong is the Social Services Associate at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with access to financial and housing benefits. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jennifer is a second-generation immigrant. Before joining MinKwon, she was an ESL teacher in NYC and also taught in Malaysia through Fulbright. Jennifer received her B.S. in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University and an M.A. in International Education from New York University.  

Ji In

Ji In "Kit" Lee

Immigrant Justice Corps - Community Fellow

Ji In "Kit" Lee is the 2017 IJC Community Fellow at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. Kit has both studied and organized in several capacities around issues of immigrant justice, and is particularly invested in the intersections of immigration and the prison industrial complex. As a recent Los Angeles transplant, she's excited to grow in and learn from NYC, her home for the next two years. She graduated with a B.A. in Politics at Pomona College.

Michael Oh, Esq.

Michael Oh, Esq.

Staff Immigration Attorney

Michael Oh is the Staff Immigration Attorney at the Minkwon Center for Community Action. He is a first-generation Korean American who came to the United States in 2002 to pursue a college education at the University of Notre Dame, after spending his freshman year at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Prior to joining Minkwon, Michael worked as a graduate fellow at Advocates for Justice, a small nonprofit organization fighting for social justice. Michael received his B.A. in Political Science and Chinese from Notre Dame and J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. 

John Park

John Park

Executive Director

John Park is the Executive Director at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He oversees MinKwon’s all program areas including Advocacy & Organizing, Civic Participation, Social Services, Development and Operations. Prior to joining the MinKwon Center, John served as the Executive Director of the Korean American Youth Foundation and the Director of Operations and Development at the YWCA of Queens. John received both his B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Ying Yu Situ

Ying Yu Situ

Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator

Ying Yu Situ is the Advocacy and Organizing Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She organizes community organizing efforts to politically engage the Asian community, and manages MinKwon's legislative advocacy campaigns. She also oversees the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) to cultivate Asian immigrant youth with leadership and power. Ying grew up in Brooklyn and received her B.A. in English Literature and Social & Cultural Analysis from NYU.

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