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.

Ju-Bum Cha

Ju-Bum Cha

Senior Consultant of Strategy and Special Projects

Ju-Bum Cha (he/him) 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.

Ashley Chang, Esq.

Ashley Chang, Esq.

Staff Housing Attorney

Ashley Chang is the Staff Housing Attorney at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with housing and landlord-tenant issues, providing legal advice, counsel, and direct representation in housing court. Prior to joining MinKwon, Ashley covered consumer protection issues at The Capitol Forum, a legal and policy analysis publication based in Washington, DC. Ashley is a second-generation Korean-American who was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio before moving to New York for college. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Cornell University.

Sandra Choi

Sandra Choi

Civic Participation Manager

Sandra Choi is the Civic Participation Manager at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She is responsible for building political power and visibility for the local immigrant community through MinKwon's civic engagement work. Her responsibilities include leading MinKwon's collaborative advocacy within local coalitions including APA VOICE. Prior to MinKwon, she served as the Director of Economic Development at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Sandra was born and raised in Queens and is a former local candidate for U.S. Congress. She is a second generation Korean American who received a B.A. with honors from Fordham University and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Grace Cui

Grace Cui

Chinese Community Outreach Coordinator

Grace Cui (she/her) 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. 
 

Dahee Lee

Dahee Lee

Youth Organizer

Dahee Lee is the Youth Organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She coordinates and supervises the Youth Programs at the Center including the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) and The Organizing Committee (OC). She empowers students through education, community engagement, and civic action. Through student-led participatory approaches to organizing, Dahee strives to develop empathetic, engaged, and impactful community leaders. Prior to joining The MinKwon Center, Dahee was a middle and high school educator and an organizer for low-income students in New York City. Dahee is a Korean American with roots in New Jersey and New York City. She received her B.F.A in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design.

Hanna Jo

Hanna Jo

Community Health Navigator

Hanna Jo is the Community Health Navigator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with access to health insurance through the NYS Marketplace. Prior to joining MinKwon, Hanna worked in healthcare as a Radiological Technologist while volunteering for various Korean community and health-related initiatives. Hanna was born in Korea and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1998. Hanna received her B.Sc. from University of Toronto and her M.A. in Bioethics and Public Health from New York University.

Jonghun Kapsong Kim

Jonghun Kapsong Kim

Korean American Community Development Director

Jonghun Kapsong Kim (he/him) is the Korean American Community Development Director at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He assists in communication, fundraising, and special relationships with Korean American community members. He has a long history with the MinKwon Center and affiliate organizations. In 1986, he worked at the Korean Resource Center (KRC), a community center based in Los Angeles, CA. In 1988, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to work as the Executive Director at KRC Northern California. In 1990, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Korea Information and Resource Center. In 1994, he moved to New York and worked as the Education Director at MinKwon. In 1996, Kapsong left MinKwon to work as a reporter for the Korea Daily but was still involved as a board member. He covered issues surrounding immigration for over 22 years and became Editor in Chief in 2018. In 2019, he stepped down from the Board to start his new role.

Hailie Kim

Hailie Kim

Housing Organizer

Hailie Kim is the Housing Organizer for Minkwon Center. Her responsibilities include developing tenant leadership, organizing tenant unions, and working with Minkwon's coalition partners. Prior to working at Minkwon, Hailie graduated with an MA in English Literature and taught at Hunter College. She is a former candidate for City Council.

Yoon Ji Kim

Yoon Ji Kim

Managing Director

Yoon Ji Kim is the Managing 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.

Sunny Lee

Sunny Lee

HR & Operations Specialist

Sunny Lee (she/her) is the HR & Operations Specialist at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She is responsible for maintaining workplace policies for MinKwon staff as well as recruiting and managing volunteers. Prior to MinKwon, Sunny served the international community at Wheaton College through programming and community development. Sunny was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand and came to the United States in 2013 to pursue a college education. She received her B.A. in Communications from Judson University and M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development from Wheaton 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. 

Yeonjeong Park

Yeonjeong Park

Legal Services Coordinator

Yeonjeong Park is the Legal Services Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists in immigration applications and procedures such as Naturalization, Green Card Renewal and DACA Renewal. She is a first generation Korean American who came to the United States in December 2018. Prior to joining MinKwon, Yeonjeong was an English teacher for 7 years and volunteered with youth empowerment and social justice groups in Korea. She also coordinated fundraising events for Friends of Koh Rong, which is an educational outreach organization based on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia. She received her B.A in Consumer Economics and Counseling at Sookmyung Women's University.

Matilde Recalde, Esq.

Matilde Recalde, Esq.

Senior Immigration Attorney

Matilde C. Recalde is the Senior Immigration Attorney for MinKwon Center for Action. Prior to joining MinKwon Center, Matilde worked in the private sector focusing on immigration law in the areas of business immigration, family petitions and litigation (removal defense). Her nonprofit role includes her work as the Senior Immigration Attorney for Covenant House/NY in the Advocacy & Legal Services Department where she represented youth in immigration matters. She also advocated for undocumented youth living in foster care under NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services.  Matilde was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Connecticut. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from New York University and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Newark.

Rachel Son

Rachel Son

Legal Services Coordinator

Rachel Son is the Legal Services Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with their immigration cases such as Naturalization and DACA Renewals. Rachel is a 2nd generation Korean American from Los Angeles, CA and she received her B.A in Spanish from Oregon State University.

Jayoung Suh

Jayoung Suh

Social Services Coordinator

Jayoung Suh is the Social Services Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with access to public benefits (SNAP, HEAP and SCRIE) and with tax preparation. Prior to joining MinKwon, she worked at a corporate foundation, a community center, and a grantmaking organization in South Korea. She was born in the United States and grew up in Korea. She received her B.A. in Social Work and Political Science & Diplomacy from Yonsei University and her M.A. in Sociology & Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Christine Lee

Christine Lee

Communications Specialist

Christine Lee (she/they) is the Communications Specialist at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She oversees all of MinKwon's communications and design, including newsletters, social media, and website. Prior to joining MinKwon, Christine has been involved with multiple and various organizations in direct action, Korean drumming, and illustration/design. She has worked in publishing, and art institutions.

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