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 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 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

Social 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 and has continued at MinKwon after the end of his service. He assists MinKwon's communication needs by managing its website, social media, graphic design, email lists, and press relations. He also assists with internal communications and organizational outreach. Dan is a 2nd generation Korean American born and raised in Portland, OR who moved to Queens, NY to start his career at MinKwon. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Reed College.

Julie Jo

Julie Jo

HR Operations Coordinator

Julie Jo is the HR Operations Coordinator 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.

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 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 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.

Sunny Lee

Sunny Lee

Community Organizer

Sunny Lee is the Community Organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She is responsible for creating and implementing new community-building and engagement plans and strategies, managing volunteers, and organizing various activities and events for the local community. 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.

Sho Shin

Sho Shin

Immigrant Justice Corps – Community Fellow

Sho Shin is the Immigrant Justice Corps – Community Fellow at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She works with community members on their immigration cases, including DACA and green card renewal, naturalization, and adjustment of status. Sho was born in Korea and raised in the States. She received her B.A. in American Studies, with a concentration in Asian American Studies, from Amherst College.

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.

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.

Sofie Søgaard

Sofie Søgaard

Americorps VISTA: Communications

Sofie Søgaard is the Americorps VISTA (2020-2021) at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. They work on communications, supporting MinKwon in social media, mass mailings, newsletters, and website management. Sofie was born in Denmark and grew up in Connecticut and Sweden. She received her B.A. in American Cultural Studies, with a double minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Anthropology from Bates College.

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