Ju-Bum ChaSenior 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.
Sonya ChungImmigrant 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 CuiChinese 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 HongSocial Media and Communications Coordinator
Dan Hong is the Social Media and Communications Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He was the 2018-19 Americorps VISTA at MinKwon and is continuing at MinKwon after the end of his service. He assists MinKwon's communications needs by managing its website, social media, graphic design, email communications and press relations. Dan is a 2nd generation Korean-American originally from Portland, OR who moved to NYC in 2018 to start his tenure at MinKwon. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.
Julie JoOperations 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 KimSocial 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 KongSocial 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.
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 ParkExecutive 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 SituAdvocacy 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.