Who we are

The MinKwon Staff

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.

Seungwoo Back

Seungwoo Back

Civic Engagement Fellow

Seungwoo Back, Civic Engagement Fellow at the Minkwon Center for Community Action, engage with immigrants to support their rights. Mainly focusing issue impacting seniors. Seungwoo received B.A in Urban Study at the Queens College as an international student.

Eri Cahill

Eri Cahill

Legal Services Associate

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 grow up in Japan. She came to the U.S. for school and received 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.

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 US 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. 
 

Jake Dong

Jake Dong

Community Engagement Manager

Jake Dong is the Community Engagement Manager at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, where he oversees the organization's advocacy for immigrant rights and overall community engagement. Jake joined the MinKwon Center in 2010 and has since been working for many campaigns including comprehensive immigration reform. He has organized various community groups, and has led the organization's efforts to organize and assist undocumented young adults who are eligible for DACA. Jake received his B.S. in Finance and Legal Studies from the University of Indiana. He is a 1st generation Korean-American.

James Hong

James Hong

Co-Director

James Hong is one of the two Co-Directors at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He oversees the MinKwon Center’s Civic Engagement Program, Advocacy and Community Organizing efforts, and Communications. He is a 2nd generation Korean American from Miami, Florida who joined the MinKwon Center in 2010. Prior to joining the MinKwon Center, James was a Senior Research Analyst at Market Dynamics Research Group, Synovate USA and Synovate Korea. James received his A.B. from Bowdoin College and his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Julie Jo

Julie Jo

Operations Associate

Julie Jo is the Operations 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.

William Juhn

William Juhn

Staff Attorney

William Juhn is a Staff Attorney at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. William is a 1.5 generation Korean American who has lived in both Korea and the U.S. Before joining the MinKwon Center, William worked at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, where he helped submit petitions to international and regional human rights systems. William received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, M.A. in Chinese Philosophy from Fudan University, and J.D. with Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center. 

Jisu Kim

Jisu Kim

Program Associate

Jisu Kim is a Program Associate at MinKwon Center. She is a 1.5  generation Korean American, who grew up mostly in Flushing, Queens. She is currently studying sociology at CUNY Hunter College. 

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.

Jaehyun Lee

Jaehyun Lee

Community Organizing Intern

Jaehyun Lee is the Community Organizing Intern at MinKwon Center for Community Action. He organizes community members who have been participating for MinKwon Center for Community Action for a while and he also supports advocacy for immigrant’s right. He started working at MinKwon Center for Community Action through Korea WEST program. He is currently senior at Dong-a University in South Korea where he will receive B.A in Politics and Diplomacy.

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

Michael Oh

Staff Attorney

Michael Oh is a staff attorney for Immigration Legal Services at 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

Co-Director

John Park is one of the two Co-Directors at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He oversees MinKwon’s Social Services, Development and Operations program areas. 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. 

Quinn Haemin Rhi

Quinn Haemin Rhi

Social Services Associate

Quinn Haemin Rhi is a Social Services Associate at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She assists community members with access to various public benefits. She is a 1.5 generation immigrant from South Korea who moved to New York City with her family at age three. Quinn received her B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.

Ying Yu Situ

Ying Yu Situ

Youth & Civic Engagement Organizer

Ying Yu Situ is the Youth & Civic Engagement Organizer at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. She coordinates the Youth Empowerment Program to cultivate Asian American/ immigrant youth leadership & power. She also organizes civic participation efforts to politically engage the Asian community in New York City. Ying grew up in Brooklyn and received her B.A. in English Literature and Social & Cultural Analysis from NYU.

Eric Yun

Eric Yun

Development Coordinator

Eric Yun is a Development Coordinator at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. Eric is a 1.5 generation Korean-American who grew up in Queens, New York. Prior to joining MinKwon he has worked as a communications director for a New York City elected official, conducted community outreach for a City Mayoral agency, and helped nonprofits lobby for government funding and grants. Eric received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
 

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