Ju-Bum ChaSenior 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 and oversees 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.Staff Housing Attorney
Ashley Chang (she/her) 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 ChoiCivic Participation Director
Sandra Choi (she/her) is the Civic Participation Director 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 CuiChinese Community Outreach Manager
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.
Eunmi JiIntake and Administrative Fellow
Eunmi Ji (she/her) is the Intake & Administrative Fellow at the Minkwon Center for Community Action. Her position is interacting with community members and ensuring their needs are met. Prior to joining Minkwon, Eunmi served administrative management work and has experience as a teacher for youth programs at a nonprofit organization. She received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College.
Hanna JoSenior Health Navigator
Hanna Jo (she/her) 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.
Kevin KangDevelopment Director
Kevin Kang (he/him) is the Development Director at the Minkwon Center for Community Action. He oversees all of MinKwon's fundraising efforts, including grants, fundraising events, sponsorships, and donor relations. He has a long history with the organization, starting from his participation in the youth program at 15, taking on several staff positions throughout the years, and stepping down from the Board to start this role. Prior to joining the Minkwon Center, Kevin was a consultant and educator with the Justice and Education Fund, and helped found and run The People's Forum, a community space for working class movements. Kevin received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at CUNY Queens College.
Hailie KimHousing Organizer
Hailie Kim (she/her) 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.
Jonghun Kapsong KimKorean 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.
Yoon Ji KimManaging Director
Yoon Ji Kim (she/her) 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.
Dahee LeeYouth Organizer
Dahee Lee (she/her) 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 youth programming, organizing workshops, and creating community spaces. Through student-led participatory approaches to organizing, Dahee strives to develop empathic, engaged, and impactful community leaders. Prior to joining The MinKwon Center, Dahee was a middle and high school teacher and student labor union organizer. Dahee is a Korean American with roots in New Jersey and New York City. She received her Bachelor's in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and her Master's in Sociology of Education from New York University.
Michael Oh, Esq.Supervising Immigration Attorney
Michael Oh (he/him) 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.
Diana ParkImmigrant Justice Organizer
Woojung (Diana) Park (she/her) is the Immigrant Justice Organizer at the Minkwon Center for Community Action. She leads activities in regular outreach and engagement of undocumented immigrants and immigrants with temporary status including DACA, TPS, and asylum visas, with a focus on APA communities. She also collaborates with other coalition groups, advocacy efforts, and other external relationships on joint campaigns, including the NAKASEC network. Diana hopes to bring her personal experience as an immigrant to inspire and benefit other immigrants in the community. Diana first served her community by participating in KCS’s Youth Empowerment Program as an intern at Minkwon Center. An avid writer and believer in the power of storytelling, Diana explores the identity of being a Korean undocumented immigrant in the form of poetry. She is currently attending Hunter College, majoring in English Literatures & Criticism.
Jessica ParkImmigrant Justice Organizer
Chaewon Park (Jessica) (she/her) is the Immigrant Justice Organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She leads activities in regular outreach and engagement of undocumented immigrants and immigrants with temporary status including DACA, TPS, and asylum visas, with a focus on APA communities. She also collaborates with other coalition groups, advocacy efforts, and other external relationships on joint campaigns, including the NAKASEC network. Jessica hopes to bring her personal experience as an immigrant to inspire and benefit other immigrants in community. Jessica previously worked with New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) as a Youth Empowerment Program co-facilitator and a Dream Team Ambassador. Jessica is currently a third-year student at Columbia University majoring in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Education Studies.
John ParkExecutive Director
John Park (he/him) 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 ParkLegal Services Coordinator
Yeonjeong Park (she/her) 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.Senior Immigration Attorney
Matilde C. Recalde (she/her) 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 SonLegal Services Coordinator
Rachel Son (she/her) 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.
David SongAmeriCorps VISTA
David Song (he/him) is the AmeriCorps vista at the MinKwon Center for communications. He received his B.A in Political Science from North Carolina State University and is applying to grad school in pursuit for an Urban Planning degree.
Jayoung SuhSocial Services Coordinator
Jayoung Suh (she/her) 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.
Shane YuSpecial Projects Associate
Shane Yu (he/him) is the Special Projects Associate at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He assists Chinese community members with the applications to Ida Relief Fund Program. Shane was born and raised in China and came to the U.S. to study in 2015. He received his B.A. in Economics from The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and earned his M.S. in Project Management from Northeastern University.
Huanjie LiCivic Participation Associate
Huanjie Li (she/her) is the Civic Participation Associate at MinKwon Center for Community Action. She helps coordinate MinKwon Center’s and APA VOICE’s civic engagement efforts in underserved Korean & Chinese communities and supports senior members and young community leaders through civic education and leadership training. Huanjie was born and raised in Shenyang, China, and has a background in Computer Science and Graphic Design. After immigrating to the U.S., she has actively organized in Chinese American space to combat structural racism against people of color and stigma against individuals impacted by homelessness and incarceration. She is also vocal about the human rights struggles and democracy movement in China and actively uses her past experience in electoral campaigns to advocate for a better, more equitable future for all.