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White House Briefing | Gala and Awards Dinner
Friday, October 14

1:00 to 2:15 PM
White House Luncheon
(Open to White House Briefing Attendees Only)

Indian Treaty Room
Entrance located between 17th St and State Place NW

*Please arrive no later than 1:00 PM and bring a photo ID. Only individuals who have registered with CKA and the White House will be admitted. No exceptions.*

2:30 – 4:30 PM

KIMBERLEY ALTON
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

ROY AUSTIN
Justice and Opportunity at Domestic Policy Council

JORDAN BROOKS
White House

JULIET BUI
Department of Health and Human Services

JULIET CHOI
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

BESS EVANS
White House Office of Public Engagement

DANIEL KRITENBRINK
National Security Council

JENNY YANG
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

DIANA YU
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

White House Briefing

Eisenhower Executive Office Building Room 430 ABC

6:00 – 9:00 PM

BAN KI-MOON
Secretary-General, United Nations

SUNG KIM
US Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of the Philippines

DO WON CHANG
Founder & CEO, Forever 21

GIDEON YU
Co-Owner, San Francisco 49ers; Chairman & CEO, Bowers & Wilkins

LUCY KOH
US District Judge, Northern District of California

DANIEL KOH
Chief of Staff, City of Boston

YUL KWON
Director, Product Management, Facebook; Board Member

PAUL KIM
President & Managing Member, Aventis Asset Management; Board Member

MYUNG KI HONG
Chairman, M&L Hong Foundation

ESTHER LEE
Summit & Gala Co-Chair; Board Member; Founding Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce

JINHEE AHN KIM
Summit & Gala Co-Chair

EUN YANG
EMCEE, Anchor, NBC News4

Special Guest Performer

ROY KIM
South Korean Singer-Songwriter

Gala and Awards Dinner

Ronald Reagan Building

Ban Ki-moon Sung Kim Do Won Chang Gideon Yu Lucy Koh Daniel Koh Yul Kwon Paul Kim Myung Ki Hong Esther Lee Jinhee Ahn Kim Eun Yang

6:00 – 6:45 PM Gala Reception | Atrium Hall
7:00 – 9:00 PM Gala & Awards Ceremony | Atrium

Welcome Remarks

Special Remarks by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Fireside Chat with Ambassador Sung Kim
2016 CKA Trailblazer Award: Gideon Yu
2016 CKA Public Service Award: Judge Lucy Koh
2016 CKA Young Leader Award: Daniel Koh

With musical performance by Roy Kim

Roy Kim

National Summit
Saturday, October 15

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 9:05 AM

JOHN LIM
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, LimNexus; Board Chair

ESTHER LEE
Summit & Gala Co-Chair; Board Member

Opening Remarks

John Lim Esther Lee

9:05 – 10:00 AM

PHILLIP CHANG
Founder, President & CEO of Yogurtland

SHELLEY HWANG
Vice-Chair of Research, Chief of Breast Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Duke University

SUSAN KIM
CEO, EatWith

ESTHER LEE, MODERATOR
Summit & Gala Co-Chair; Board Member; Founding Director, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, U.S. Department of Commerce

Innovators

Phillip Chang Shelley Hwang Susan Kim Esther Lee

10:00 – 11:00 AM

RON KIM
New York State Assemblymember, District 40

CINDY RYU
Washington State Representative, District 32

MICHELLE PARK STEEL
Vice Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors

KEVIN KIM, MODERATOR
Former Commissioner, New York State Liquor Authority

Korean American Elected Officials

Ron Kim Cindy RyuMichelle Steel Kevin Kim

11:00 – 11:30 AM
Break and Author Book Signing
11:30 – 12:30 PM

JOHN CHIANG
California State Treasurer

PAUL SONG, MODERATOR
Chief Medical Officer, ATGen Global & Cynvenio Biosystems; Co-Chair, Campaign for a Healthy California

Lunch and Fireside Chat

John Chiang Paul Song

12:30 – 2:00 PM
Town Hall
2:00 – 2:15 PM
Break
2:15 – 3:15 PM

PRISCA BAE
Senior Director in Global Diversity & Engagement, PepsiCo

MARISA CHUN
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

SABRINA KAY
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Fremont College

JEANNIE PARK
Former Executive Editor, People Magazine

GRACE CHOI, MODERATOR
Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Korean American Women Leaders

Prisca Bae Marisa Chun Sabrina Kay Jeannie Park Grace Choi

3:15 – 4:15 PM

PETER HWANG
CKA 2016 Public Service Intern

JENNIFER KWON
CKA 2016 Public Service Intern

CHRISTINE LEE
CKA 2016 Public Service Intern

KENNETH KIM, PRESENTER
Board Member; Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee Co-Chair; CEO, WCCT Global

JESSICA LEE, MODERATOR
Director of Policy & Advocacy, CKA

CKA Public Service Interns

Peter Hwang Jennifer Kwon Christine Lee Kenneth Kim Jessica Lee

4:15 – 5:15 PM

SEUNG BAK
CEO & Co-Founder, Dramafever

SANG CHO
President, MNet America

ROY CHOI
General Partner, Knighted Ventures

EUNY HONG, MODERATOR
Journalist & Author, The Birth of Korean Cool

K-Wave’s Impact on our Community

Seung Bak Sang Cho Roy Choi Euny Hong

5:15 – 5:20 PM

JOHN LIM
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, LimNexus; Board Chair

SAM YOON
Executive Director, CKA

JINHEE AHN KIM
Summit & Gala Co-Chair

ESTHER LEE
Summit & Gala Co-Chair; Board Member

Closing Remarks

John Lim Sam Yoon Jinhee Ahn Kim Esther Lee

5:20 – 6:00 PM
Reception

8th Floor Rotunda Room

6:00 – 7:30 PM

MINSOO KANG, HOST
Associate Professor of History
University of Missouri – St. Louis

THERESA CHOH-LEE, ORGANIZER
Co-Founder & Board Member of KoreanAmericanStory.org

HJ LEE, ORGANIZER
Co-Founder & President of KoreanAmericanStory.org

JEANNIE PARK, ORGANIZER
Former Executive Editor, People Magazine

SEUNG BAK
Judge

ROY CHOI
Judge

EUNY HONG
Judge

MICHELLE YE HEE LEE
Judge

JEFF CHOH
Finalist

EUGENIA KIM
Finalist

JEN KIM
Finalist

ERICA LEE
Finalist

MIN-WOO PARK
Finalist

ERIC SHARP
Finalist

ROAR Story Slam: Celebrating Korean American Voices

8th Floor Rotunda Room

Minsoo Kang Theresa Choh-Lee HJ Lee Jeannie Park

ROAR Story Slam Judges

Seung Bak Roy Choi Euny Hong Michelle Ye Hee Lee

ROAR Story Slam Finalists

Jeff Choh Eugenia Kim Jen Kim Erica Lee Erica Lee Eric Sharp

7:30 – 9:00 PM

CHRISTOPHER H.K. LEE
Director, The Last Tear

JAE KU
Producer, The Last Tear; Director, U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University; Board Member

Screening of Documentary: “The Last Tear”

Q&A with Christopher H.K. Lee & Jae Ku
8th Floor Rotunda Room

Christopher H.K. Lee Jae Ku

Speakers & Honored Guests

Prisca Bae

Prisca Bae, Senior Director in Global Diversity & Engagement, PepsiCo

Prisca Bae is a Senior Director in Global Diversity & Engagement at PepsiCo where she focuses on the company’s women’s agenda. Most recently, she was vice president at Seneca Point Global (SPG), a strategic advisory firm focused on global women’s issues founded by Ambassador Melanie Verveer, the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to SPG, she helped launch and served as the inaugural Director of the Women in the World Foundation, a public charity founded out of Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit at Newsweek & the Daily Beast. She joined Women in the World from Goldman Sachs, where she managed Goldman Sachs Gives, a billion dollar charitable fund available to current and retired partners of the firm.

Prisca was also an attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP in New York and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William M. Hoeveler, Senior Judge in the Southern District of Florida. She has also worked for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and on the Ron Kirk for United States Senate Campaign in Texas, where she oversaw Asian American voter outreach.

Prisca received her B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University and J.D. from the University of Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She lives in New York City.

Seung Bak

Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder, DramaFever

Seung Bak is the CEO and co-founder of DramaFever, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. DramaFever operates a network of next generation online entertainment services and Internet TV brands. Seung led the company since its inception in 2009, created 100+ jobs, raised multiple rounds of venture funding, ran two M&A processes (to SoftBank in 2014, and then to Warner Bros. in 2016), and generated 5x to 12x cash-on-cash return for investors as well as liquidity for employees. Prior to founding DramaFever, Seung was Chief Marketing Officer for Capital IQ, a leading provider of information services to the global financial community. Seung served a variety of marketing, sales, strategy, finance, and operational roles in helping Capital IQ grow from a seed stage startup to a $400+ million revenue business. Previously, he was an investment banker at CapitalKey Advisors, the precursor to Capital IQ, where he advised venture-stage and middle-market companies. Seung is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization NYC Chapter. Seung earned a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester.

Do Won Chang

Do Won Chang, Founder & CEO, Forever 21

Do Won Chang is the Founder & CEO of Forever 21. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Chang has made Forever 21 one of the most recognizable apparel retailers worldwide. Between 2012 and 2014, Forever 21 has seen explosive growth with more than 35,000 employees and 615 stores in nearly 30 countries. Mr. Chang’s recent accolades include “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Ernst & Young and “Economic Development Leadership” from Eddy Awards by the City of Los Angeles. He is listed with his wife Mrs. Chang as one of “The World’s Most Powerful Couples” by Forbes Magazine.

Phillip Chang, Founder, President & CEO of Yogurtland

Phillip Chang, founder, president and chief executive officer of Yogurtland, opened the first Yogurtland store in 2006. He had taken one of his stores from an earlier quick service concept and converted it into a self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings bar.

After opening the first two stores, Phillip decided to franchise Yogurtland. And today, there are roughly 250 stores operating in the United States, Australia, Mexico and Venezuela.

Desiring to build a company that was set apart, Phillip made it Yogurtland’s mission to value quality above all else. He established a nine-member research and product development team, whose responsibility is to search the globe for the best flavors and sources only the finest ingredients.

Through his leadership, Yogurtland is recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the US. And, it has been celebrated as one of today’s best franchises by Franchise Business Review, World Franchising Network, and International Franchise Association.

Phillip was born in South Korea and studied Math at So-Gang University. Before he founded Yogurtland, he began his career in information technology as a systems analyst and eventually started his own consulting group.

John Chiang, California State Treasurer

John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the State’s banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in transactions every year. One of his top priorities is to conduct the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible.

Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller. Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.

The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Sang Cho

Sang H. Cho, President, MNet America

Sang is President of Mnet America, a nationally distributed cable television network focused on delivering Asian content to American audiences. Sang initially joined Mnet America as Chief Operating Officer in 2010 to help launch the network, then became President in 2014. Sang is responsible for all aspects of the network’s operations, with primary focus on:

  • Content strategy – balanced approach between exploiting CJ E&M’s new product pipeline and vast library and strategic original productions.
  • Channel distribution – negotiating carriage deals with major MVPDs, including expanding coverage with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House and Verizon FiOS.

Prior to joining Mnet America, Sang served in executive positions with CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M Corp) – Mnet’s parent company based in Seoul, Korea. Focusing on international strategy and business development, he led several key initiatives for CJ E&M Corp, including CJ’s exclusive deal to distribute Paramount and DreamWorks Animation films in Korea, and the acquisition of ImaginAsian Entertainment which was eventually re-branded to become Mnet America.

Sang is from Philadelphia, PA and earned a B.A. in East Asian studies from Haverford College. After spending 10 years in Korea, he now resides in Torrance, CA.

Theresa Choh-Lee

Theresa Choh-Lee, Co-Founder & Board Member, KoreanAmericanStory.org

Theresa Choh-Lee is a co-founder and a board member of KoreanAmericanStory.org. Theresa is a brand management professional and has worked at Kraft Foods, Unilever, Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup Company and totes-Isotoner. She has served in leadership positions at various corporate diversity and inclusion programs. She is graduate of Miami University of Ohio and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Grace Choi, Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Grace Choi is a Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office on Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she served as Staff Assistant in the White House Liaison’s Office at the Department of State.

Prior to her political appointment at the Department of State, Grace worked for the Council of Korean Americans, where she helped to create a greater platform for Korean American voices at the national level, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in Congresswoman Judy Chu’s office, the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC), President Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Refugee Affairs Division.

Grace is a Robertson Foundation for Government Fellow and graduated from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies.

Roy Choi

Roy Choi, General Partner at Knighted Ventures

Roy Choi is General Partner at Knighted Ventures, a California based company operating and investing in entertainment, gaming, and technology related projects. He is also President of KCM Agency, a full-service marketing agency with clients that include CJ E&M, KBS, SBS, Westfield, and several city governments in Southern California. Roy also serves as Executive Producer and CEO of Kollaboration, a nonprofit  501(c)(3) that showcases emerging Asian Pacific artists and performers in 15 cities across North America. Roy previously co-founded Mars Entertainment, a Los Angeles based distribution company acquiring feature film titles from around the world for distribution in Asian film territories. Major titles include: Terminator, Salvation, 3:10 to Yuma, Forbidden Kingdom, Becoming Jane, Mr. Brooks, Knowing, and Lust, Caution.

Roy graduated with honors from USC with a BA in Cinema from the School of Cinematic Arts. He was a winner and recipient of the Stephen Gentry Memorial Scholarship, and was also a finalist in the Southern California Business Film Festival. In 2009, he was awarded the DARI Award for Man of the Year by the Korea Creative Content Agency.

Marisa Chun

Marisa Chun, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Marisa Chun is a litigation partner at McDermott Will & Emery’s Silicon Valley office. A former Justice Department official and prosecutor, her diverse practice includes commercial and intellectual property litigation, white-collar criminal matters, and appellate litigation, focusing on strategies to secure an early and favorable resolution or victory if the case must be tried. Marisa also represents clients in investigations and proceedings brought by federal and state law enforcement agencies and in internal investigations, including matters involving alleged health care or financial fraud, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), or trade secrets violations.

Previously, Marisa served as U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. She advised the Department’s leadership on intellectual property, antitrust, privacy, telecommunications, health care fraud, and Korea-related matters and oversaw certain litigation matters. At the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Eastern District of Virginia and in Maryland, Marisa handled the investigation, prosecution and/or appeals of criminal cases, winning every trial. She is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award and has been recognized as a Woman Leader in Tech Law (The Recorder), a Best Lawyer Under 40, and a Northern California Super Lawyer multiple times.

Marisa serves as a board member of the Public Policy Institute of California and a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Her community activities have included launching the Open Doors 1L Job Shadow Program, with the Bar Association of San Francisco and USF Law School, and serving as President of the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California and a Coro Foundation Public Policy Fellow. Marisa received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert Boochever of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Euny Hong

Euny Hong, Journalist & Author, The Birth of Korean Cool

Euny Hong is a journalist and twice-published author, most recently of a work of non-fiction entitled The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture (Picador, August 2014), which received rave reviews and has been translated into six languages so far. The Telegraph UK described the book as “fabulously snarky.” The New York Times described the book as “Incisive and humorous…an excellent case study of calculated entrepreneurial moxie.”

Her articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Financial Times, The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal EuropeThe International Herald TribuneThe New Republic, and The Boston Globe, among others. She has many TV appearances, on such programmes as “Picture This” on BBC2, “Ronan Farrow Daily” on CNBC, and Bloomberg TV. She has delivered live talks at SXSW 2015, Boston College, Harvard, Yale, The Korea Society, and has keynoted events around the country.

Previously, she was with the France 24 TV news network in Paris, and she started her journalism career as a TV columnist at the Financial Times. She has a Higher Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy and is a former Fulbright Scholar. She is fluent in English, French, German, and Korean.

Dr. Myung Ki Hong

Myung Ki Hong, Chairman, M&L Hong Foundation

Dr. Hong came to the United States from South Korea in 1954 as an exchange student, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in chemistry in 1959.

Renowned for his expertise in resin and coatings, Hong founded Dura Coat Products, Inc. in 1986, where his first product breakthrough was a water-based formulation that was both effective and eco-friendly. In addition to facilities in California and Alabama, the company distributes its technology through licensing agreements with companies all around the world.

Hong is deeply involved with philanthropic and civic causes in Southern California. After the civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992, he committed himself to promoting community harmony by promoting a better understanding of cultural diversity. He served as chairman of a foundation dedicated to preserving the memory of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, one of the early leaders of the Korean-American immigrant community. In this capacity, Hong oversaw fundraising efforts, construction, installation and dedication of the Dosan Ahn Chang Ho statue in Riverside in 2001.

In 2002, Hong established the Bright World Foundation, based on a translation of his Korean name, Myung Ki (‘bright place’), to foster a sense of optimism in the world and inspire the human spirit. Dr. Hong holds an honorary doctorate for Humanitarian Services from La Sierra University and an honorary doctorate in Science from Sam Yook University in South Korea.

Peter Hwang

Peter Hwang, CKA 2016 Public Service Intern

Peter is at Yale University, Class of 2018, majoring in economics and mathematics. A native of Vernon Hills, Illinois, Peter is a midshipman with the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps as a Marine option. In summer 2016, Peter was selected to be part of the inaugural class of the CKA Public Service Internship Program. Peter interned at the Office of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth as well as at CKA.

Upon finishing military service, Peter would like to become a community organizer for the Korean American community.

Shelley Hwang, Vice-Chair of Research, Chief of Breast Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Duke University

Dr. Shelley Hwang is Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery, Chief of Breast Surgery and Professor at Duke University where she leads translational research activities in early stage and in situ breast cancer. Dr. Hwang was named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people for 2016 as a pioneer in her field. As one of the world’s foremost experts in early stage breast cancers, she has received local and national honors for both her clinical expertise and research, which focus on improving both cancer outcomes and quality of life in patients affected by early stage breast cancer. Her research interests include establishing the feasibility for less invasive treatments for preinvasive breast cancers, and identifying tumor- and stroma-associated determinants of cancer progression, which could be targeted for breast cancer prevention. She is the PI of COMET, a national cooperative group study in DCIS which aims to identify those patients with DCIS who may safely be managed with endocrine therapy alone. Her laboratory is focused on understanding the genomic and evolutionary basis of breast cancer progression. She also leads a team which seeks to facilitate the use of electronic data systems to improve delivery of breast cancer care. She serves as a member of the NCI Breast Cancer Steering Committee, the NCCN Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis Panel and Co-Chairs the Locoregional Working Group of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium. Her research is supported by the NIH, DOD, PCORI, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Fund, and The American Cancer Society.

Minsoo Kang

Minsoo Kang, Associate Professor of History, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Minsoo Kang is an associate professor of history at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Due to his father’s occupation as a diplomat for the Republic of Korea he has lived in Korea, Austria, New Zealand, Iran, Brunei, and Germany. He has served in the Korean army and earned his Ph.D. in European History at UCLA. He is the author of the history book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination (Harvard UP, 2011), a book of short stories, Of Tales and Enigmas (Prime Books, 2006), and a translation of the Korean classic novel The Story of Hong Gildong (Penguin Classic, 2016). His next book of history and literary analysis, The Righteous and Invincible Outlaw: Hong Gildong, the Noble Robber of Korea, in Literature, History, and Culture, is forthcoming from the University of Hawaii Press, and he is currently working on a translation of the Korean classic novel Record of the Virtue of Queen Inhyeon.

Sabrina Kay

Sabrina Kay, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Fremont College

Dr. Sabrina Kay is serial entrepreneur, tech educator, fashion designer, philanthropist, and public speaker. She found 7 successful enterprises with successful exits, earned 4 graduate degrees from ivy league schools, served on more than 30 charitable and civic boards, and received numerous awards. As a self-proclaimed recovering nonprofit junkie and founder of the Sabrina Kay Charitable Foundation, she still chairs After-School All-Stars and serves as a board member of International Medical Corps Leadership Council, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, American Friends of the Louvre Museum, The Kitchen Community, and YPO Bel Air Chapter.

As Chancellor of Fremont College, Dr. Kay aims to revolutionize higher education and corporate learning. Fremont College utilizes innovative and technology-driven learning models to bridge the gap between the classroom and the 21st-century workplace through pre- and post-employment training in PATHS (Paralegal, Administration, Technology, Healthcare, Sports Therapy) programs that impact our world. As Chairman and CEO of Fremont Private Investments, Dr. Kay personally serves on the diverse boards of companies she has invested in to add value and inspire entrepreneurs to realize their full potential for growth.

Kenneth Kim

Kenneth Kim, Board Member; Mentorship & Leadership Development Committee Co-Chair; CEO, WCCT Global

Kenneth Kim evolved from a practicing physician to a serial entrepreneur. In his current company, he serves as the founder and CEO of WCCT Global, a full service drug development clinical CRO, based in the United States with 150 overnight beds and offices in California, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. As a drug development partner, WCCT Global partners with domestic and foreign innovator companies who need regulatory and strategic development support from First-in-Man through proof of concept.

Ken graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. He completed his MD at Harvard and his internal medicine and allergy/immunology fellowship at UCLA.

Kevin Kim

Kevin Kim, Former Commissioner, New York State Liquor Authority

On June 20, 2014, the New York State Senate confirmed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Kevin Kim as a Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA).  He is the first Asian American to serve in this role.  Kevin is also an entrepreneur and business owner bringing a mental math program into NYC public schools.  His other professional experiences include having worked as a federal law clerk to Judge Denny Chin (SDNY), corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell, Deputy Director of Community Affairs for Congressman Gary L. Ackerman, and becoming the first Korean American to win a NYC primary election (2009 Democratic nominee for NYC Council – District 19).

Kevin’s extensive community involvement includes past non-profit Board service for Friends of Thirteen, Inc., American Red Cross (Queens), Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, and Community Board 5 (Manhattan). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) and the International Student Conference.  In 2015, NECO named Kevin as one of its 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients in recognition of his long-time community service.

Kevin is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. and M.A), and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

Jinhee Ahn Kim, Summit & Gala Co-Chair

Jinhee Ahn Kim was previously co-founder and president of Snapette, the largest mobile platform for local fashion shopping, which was sold to leading eCommerce platform PriceGrabber in 2013. Snapette helped shoppers find fashion products available in nearby stores, as well as enabled retailers to market to nearby shoppers and drive foot traffic into their stores. At the time of its sale, Snapette was VC funded and had over 2 million users and over 300 top fashion retailer and brand partners such as Nordstrom, Nine West, UNIQLO, Theory and DVF.

Jinhee received her B.A. in economics from Harvard College. She began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Co., then designed menswear for Ralph Lauren after receiving a degree in fashion design from Parsons. Frustrated by the lack of developmentally appropriate educational materials for her own children, she founded True-Learning, an online early learning curriculum that was one of the top selling children’s apps in iTunes. Prior to co-founding Snapette, she was the Director of Product Development at Mindshapes, a mobile e-learning company based in London where she oversaw the development of award winning children’s educational apps. She currently mentors and advises startups in the UK and US.

Paul Kim

Paul Kim, President & Managing Member, Aventis Asset Management; Board Member

Paul Kim is the Founder and Managing Partner of LaSalle Asset Management, a hedge fund focused on trading derivatives of agricultural commodities based in Chicago. Paul is also the Founder and CEO of Aventis Asset Management, a discretionary diversified commodity fund with offices in Chicago, New York and Shanghai and is committed to giving a significant portion of the company profits to charity.

Paul is also Founder and Partner of 2DS Productions in Chicago, which is active in movie and television production. In addition, Paul manages the Kim Family Foundation along with his three children. The foundation is committed to delivering humanitarian aid and funding community development projects in North America, Asia and Africa.

Paul graduated from Northwestern University with dual degrees in Economics and Biochemistry.

Ron Kim, New York State Assemblymember, District 40

Ron Kim represents the 40th Assembly Assembly District of New York. With his election in November 2012, Ron Kim became the first Korean-American ever elected to the New York State Legislature.

Ron began his career in public service in then-Councilmember John C. Liu’s office. Ron moved on to become an aide to then-State Assemblyman Mark Weprin. Following his work in Assemblyman Weprin’s office, Ron joined the New York City Department of Buildings, followed by the Department of Small Business Services. In 2004, Ron was accepted into the National Urban Fellows Program, advising the Chief Education Office of the Chicago Public Schools and simultaneously earned his Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College.

In 2006, Ron joined the staff of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as a Policy Analyst, writing and examining legislation on issues related to transportation, infrastructure, and economic development. From 2007 through 2010, Ron served as a Regional Director for Government and Community Affairs in the administrations of Governors Eliot Spitzer and David A. Paterson, where he collaborated and worked with a varied group of state agencies, elected officials, and community organizations. After leaving the Governor’s office, Ron joined The Parkside Group, where he advocated on behalf of children with special needs, small business, and vulnerable New Yorkers.

Roy Kim

Roy Kim, South Korean Singer-Songwriter

Roy Kim is a Korean pop-folk artist who rose to fame after taking the 1st place crown on Korea’s premiere music talent show, Mnet’s Superstar K4, in 2012. Powered by his soft, acoustic sound, he rose to the top of Korea’s music charts with 2012’s “Becoming Dust” and 2013’s “Bom Bom Bom”. In 2015, Roy Kim’s popularity continued to grow abroad with a striking performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in front of over 200,000 spectators at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day and with his award for “Favorite Foreign Artist” at Taiwan’s HITO Awards. His most recent comeback “The Great Dipper,” showcased his versatility as a vocalist as the album’s lead single was the first ballad title track that Kim released.

Sung Kim, US Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of the Philippines

Ambassador Sung Kim is the Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan. On September 28, 2016, Ambassador Kim was confirmed to be the next US Ambassador to the Philippines.

From November 3, 2011 until October 2014, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Previously, Ambassador Kim was the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of Ambassador. Before that, he headed the Office of Korean Affairs at the Department of State from August 2006 to July 2008. Ambassador Kim also served in a variety of positions in the East Asia Pacific region including overseas assignments in Seoul, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

Ambassador Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended middle school and high school. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola University. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.

Susan Kim

Susan Kim, CEO, EatWith

Susan is the CEO of EatWith, a Greylock Partners-backed global marketplace for communal dining, bringing chefs and foodies together one meal at a time. The marketplace currently features 650 home chefs in 50 countries and 160 cities around the world. Previously, she was CEO of Plum District, an e-commerce start-up that under her leadership, grew to over 2 million members and was one of the largest e-commerce platforms and media properties dedicated to delivering high-quality, vetted products and services to moms. Susan also served as VP of Operations and Finance at Minted.com, a social commerce start-up; Chief of Staff, North America Marketplaces at eBay where she was responsible for setting product strategy and allocating engineering resources across the company; and Head of Commerce Operations at Google where she scaled the operations team to support the launch of Google Offers, Google Wallet and Google Shopping Express. Susan began her career as a management consultant in the Media and Entertainment practice of Booz Allen Hamilton.

Susan serves on the board of the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco, co-chairs the annual fund at The Nueva School, and mentors entrepreneurs for start-up incubators MuckerLab and SparkLabs.
Susan received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her BA from Harvard College. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters.

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, has sought to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to make the Organization itself more transparent and effective. “I grew up in war,” he has said, “and saw the difference the United Nations can make in helping a country to recover and rebuild. I am determined to see this Organization deliver meaningful results that advance peace, sustainable development and human rights.” Mr. Ban took office in 2007, was re-elected in 2011, and will serve until 31 December 2016. He has advocated widely for climate action and women’s empowerment, and has undertaken major efforts to strengthen peace operations, improve humanitarian response, and revitalize the disarmament agenda. Mr. Ban was educated at Seoul National University and the Kennedy School of Government; and at the time of his election was his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He and his wife, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, have one son, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Daniel Arrigg Koh

Daniel Koh, Chief of Staff, City of Boston

Daniel Koh is Chief of Staff to the City of Boston. In this capacity, he advises Mayor Martin J. Walsh on key issues and helps him execute his vision for the city and its 18,000 employees.

Immediately prior, Dan served as General Manager of HuffPost Live, The Huffington Post Media Group’s streaming network, where he oversaw operations. Before HuffPost Live, he served as Chief of Staff to Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, aiding in the oversight of the 700-person international organization.

Before his media career, he served as Advisor to former Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston. Dan has worked in nonprofit consulting for Booz Allen Hamilton, executive search for Spencer Stuart, Strategy and Business Development for the New England Patriots and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Labor Relations for Major League Baseball. In college, he worked for two summers as an intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dan holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lucy Koh, US District Judge, Northern District of California

President Obama appointed Judge Lucy Koh to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in June 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara in January 2008. She was formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, where her colleagues and she litigated the In re Seagate Technology case, in which the Federal Circuit overturned the 24 year old standard for willful patent infringement. She also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. A jury instruction from one of her trials is a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Model Criminal Jury instruction.

Lucy received an award from then FBI Director Louis J. Freeh for prosecuting a major securities fraud case. She also served in Washington, D.C. as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Fellow on a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.

Lucy is married to California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar. They have two children.

Jae Ku

Jae Ku, Executive Producer, The Last Tear; Director, U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University; Board Member

Jae H. Ku is the Director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS. Before joining the U.S.-Korea Institute, he was the Director of the Human Rights in North Korea Project at Freedom House. He has taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, Korea), Brown University, Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea), and Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul, Korea). His research interests are: Inter-Korean Relations, U.S.-Korea relations, Democracy in Asia, and Human Rights in North Korea. He has been a recipient of both Fulbright and Freeman fellowships. Dr. Ku holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and A.B. from Harvard University.

Jennifer Kwon

Jennifer Kwon, CKA 2016 Public Service Intern

Jennifer is in the Class of 2017 at the University of Michigan majoring in political science and international studies. She is originally from Louisville, KY. In summer 2016, Jennifer was selected to be part of the inaugural class of the CKA Public Service Internship Program. Jennifer interned at Congressman Joaquin Castro’s (D-TX) office and worked closely with the Chief of Staff to assist the Congressman in his role as the Co-Chair of the US-Japan Caucus by drafting memos, staffing meetings with foreign officials, and writing the Caucus newsletter. Prior to this internship, Jennifer spent a semester in Washington interning at the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce. Her experience on the Hill and at a federal department inspired and encouraged her passion for international affairs and public service.

After graduation, Jennifer hopes to begin her career in foreign policy or national security.

Yul Kwon

Yul Kwon, Director, Product Management, Facebook; Board Member

Yul is Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook. He previously served as Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, an adjunct instructor at the FBI Academy, a legislative counsel in the U.S Senate, and a judicial clerk in the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also held positions at Google, McKinsey, and Venture Law Group.

Yul hosted the PBS series, America Revealed, and anchored KCETLink’s weekly news program, LinkAsia, from 2011-2013. His other work on television includes hosting programs for CNN, Discovery Channel, and Smithsonian Channel. In 2006, Yul became the first Asian American winner of the CBS reality show, Survivor.

Yul received his B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.

Christine Lee

Christine Lee, CKA 2016 Public Service Intern

Christine is majoring in history at Brown University, Class of 2018. She is a native of Cypress, California and a leader for students of color on campus.

Christine is passionate about her work at the Brown Center for Students of Color as the At-Large Representative. This experience has taught her how to be an advocate for students of color on campus and be a voice for a diverse community. Christine is also active in her community back home, having served as internship coordinator at Inter-Community Action Network supervising voter registration in Buena Park, CA and as a bilingual student poll worker at Orange County Registrar of Voters.

Christine is interested in a career in academia or law.

Christopher Lee

Christopher H.K. Lee, Director, The Last Tear

Christopher H.K. Lee is an internationally acclaimed and an award-winning filmmaker/writer/publisher and media artist. He has over 27 years of multi-cultural and diverse industry experience in the fields of architecture, interactive media, animations and films as a director/producer. He also taught and lectured over twelve years at prestigious colleges in both South Korea and the U.S. Mr. Lee has produced many feature and short films has been screened at over 100 international film festivals including 2016 Cannes. His recent films includes several others that raise awareness of Korean history, culture and current affairs titled “I am Grace,” “Rescued by Fate,” “Fading Away,” “The Last Tear,” and “Hills of Arirang.”

Esther Lee, Summit & Gala Co-Chair; Board Member.; Executive Director, Generosity, McLean Bible Church

Esther Lee is Co-Founder and former Vice Chair of the Council of Korean Americans. She currently serves as Executive Director of Generosity at McLean Bible Church, one of the largest churches in the U.S. Previously, she was Global Chief Marketing and New Business Officer at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm. In that role, she was on the firm’s Executive Committee and led the marketing and new business teams.

Esther also served as a Presidential appointee in the Obama Administration. As Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, she created and led the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, co-chaired by AOL founder Steve Case. She also helped launch the White House “Startup America” initiative and organize the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship.

Esther has also held senior roles at Time Warner, AOL, and CNN. She received an A.B. in economics from Harvard and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She lives with her family in northern Virginia.

HJ Lee

HJ Lee, Co-Founder & President, KoreanAmericanStory.org

HJ Lee is a co-founder and president of KoreanAmericanStory.org. He is a proud graduate of the New York City public school system and Columbia University. Prior to pursuing his dream of founding KoreanAmericanStory.org, HJ worked in the high tech industry as an business development executive for over 20 years.

Jessica Lee, Director of Policy & Advocacy, CKA

Jessica Lee is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Council of Korean Americans. Jessica works closely with the Executive Director and CKA members to define CKA’s policy agenda and advocacy strategy. Jessica leads research and analysis on leading issues of importance to Korean Americans and crafts strategic messages for policymakers, opinion leaders, the press, and society at large.

Prior to joining CKA, Jessica was a Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu, HI, where she published articles on security and economic relations in East Asia. She brings a decade of public and private sector experience in Washington, including as the director of a nonprofit organization specializing in women’s leadership training and development; a senior manager of The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm; and as a staff member in the House of Representatives, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia portfolio for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior legislative assistant for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee.

Jessica received a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College and a A.M. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.

Michelle Ye Hee Lee

Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Reporter, The Washington Post

Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter at The Washington Post. She writes for The Fact Checker column, digging for the truth beyond political rhetoric on the 2016 presidential campaign. Previously, Michelle was government accountability reporter on the investigative team at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona. She is senior vice president of Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). She was born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Guam.

John Lim, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, LimNexus; Board Chair

John Lim is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Lim, LimNexus LLP, a leading minority-owned corporate boutique firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. As a corporate lawyer since 1982, John has represented clients including Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, financial institutions, governmental entities, private equity funds, commercial developers and institutional investors in all facets of corporate, real estate and financing transactions. John has handled a broad range of sophisticated transactions encompassing major commercial projects, complex real estate loans, asset-based loans, syndicated loans, securitized debts, EB-5 equity and debt transactions and other creative financing deals involving cutting-edge technology. In addition, he regularly advises emerging high tech ventures as outside general counsel.

John, a 1982 graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has been selected as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” numerous times. He has received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California and the Community Leadership Award from Korean American Bar Association of Southern California.

John serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Council of Korean Americans, the California Bar Foundation, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and the UC Hastings Foundation.

Jeannie Park, Former Executive Editor, People Magazine

Jeannie is a former executive editor of People magazine and a leader in diversity efforts in the field of journalism. She spent 22+ years at Time Inc., working at Time, In Style, Entertainment Weekly and People and co-founding the company’s Asian-American affinity group.

In 1987 she served as founding president of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association; she is currently a facilitator for its Executive Leadership Program. She has been honored for her diversity achievements by numerous organizations, including the Magazine Publishers of America, the National Association of Minority Media Executives, Asian Professional Extension, the Asian American Federation of New York and the U.S. Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce.

She serves on the boards of the Third Street Music School Settlement and the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and on advisory councils of the Women’s Media Center, NetKAL and the Korean American Community Foundation.

She lives in New York City and is the mother of two teens.

Cindy Ryu, Washington State Representative, District 32

Serving her third two-year term in the Washington State Legislature, Rep. Cindy Ryu chairs the House Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs Committee with jurisdiction over Veterans Affairs and Tourism policies. Rep. Ryu co-chairs the Members of Color Caucus and enjoys serving on Finance and Business & Financial Services Committees. She is proud to represent the 137,000 citizens of the 32nd Legislative District from North Seattle to City of Lynnwood, where she has lived for 33 years and raised 3 children with her husband Cody.

Rep. Ryu is a 47-year resident of Washington State and lived previously in South Korea, Brunei, and the Philippines. She is a proud Husky, with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a MBA in operations management from the University of Washington. While a Shoreline City Councilmember, Rep. Ryu was elected Mayor in 2008, becoming the first female Korean-American mayor in the U.S.A.

Paul Song

Paul Song, Chief Medical Officer, ATGen Global & Cynvenio Biosystems; Co-Chair, Campaign for a Healthy California

Paul Y. Song, MD serves as the Chief Medical Officer of ATGen Global based in Seoul, South Korea and Cynvenio Biosystems based in Westlake Village, CA. He most was recently on the faculty of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Song is also the co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California. He served as the very first visiting fellow on healthcare policy in the California Department of Insurance in 2013 and led the Courage Campaign from 2013 to 2016.

Dr. Song graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his M.D. degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago and did a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France.

Dr. Song serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program, People for the American Way, The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and The Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center.

Michelle Park Steel, Vice Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors

Elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014 with more than 62 percent of the vote, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley.

Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.

As a member of the Board of Equalization, Michelle Steel distinguished herself as the state’s leading tax fighter. Her hallmark first-term achievement was the discovery, that the Board of Equalization had delayed the return of millions of dollars in security deposits owed to California businesses. Following her investigation, the agency refunded tax security deposits worth upwards of $50,000 each to over 5,500 small businesses. Procedures were changed due to Steel’s decisive leadership and hundreds of millions of dollars were returned on time to taxpayers.

As Southern California’s elected taxpayer advocate, Steel fought on the front lines of California’s perennial battle against higher taxes. In 2008, she successfully led the fight against a new iTax, a $500 million tax on digital downloads.

Over the past decade, Michelle Steel has served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, California World Trade Commission, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and Los Angeles Airport and Fire Commissions. Michelle holds a degree in Business from Pepperdine University, an Executive MBA from the University of Southern California, and is fluent in Korean and Japanese.

Eun Yang

Eun Yang, Anchor, NBC News4 Today

Eun Yang anchors News4 Today, the #1 rated morning news in Washington. Yang joined News4 in 2002 as a general assignment reporter specializing in covering breaking news for News4 at 11. She then spent several years anchoring the weekend editions of News4 Today.

Yang has been the first to tell Washington area viewers about breaking overnight news, severe weather, and major Washington stories since 2010. Her field anchor assignments have included the inaugurations of presidents, visits by two Popes and Opening Day at Nationals Park which she covers every year. In addition to anchoring News4 Today, Yang files compelling community stories about people and organizations important to the Washington area.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Yang moved to the Washington area before she was three. She grew up in Prince George’s County and Montgomery County, attended Paint Branch High School and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Maryland.
She and her husband are raising their three kids in Washington, DC.

Sam Yoon, Executive Director, CKA

Sam Yoon is the Executive Director of the Council of Korean Americans. Sam works with the board of directors, membership, and staff to ensure that CKA is asserting a strong, clear voice for Korean Americans while helping them to engage in American society to achieve meaningful success.

Before joining CKA, Sam was a political appointee in the Department of Labor under President Barack Obama. He also served as executive director of NACEDA, a national association for non-profit community development. Sam served on CKA’s board of directors before he was hired as its first full-time executive director.

Sam moved to Washington in 2010 after spending almost two decades in Boston. In 2005 he ran for and won an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. He served for two terms, or four years, as a city councilor, focusing on housing, youth affairs, Asian American political empowerment, and government reform. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Boston in 2009. Sam was the first Asian American to run for and win elected office in Boston.

Prior to entering politics, Sam was a community organizer and housing development specialist. He led an organizing campaign with a community-based non-profit organization called Asian CDC to reclaim a piece of land that historically belonged to Boston’s Chinatown. He developed and financed low-income housing for a decade in the Boston area with both national and local non-profits. He also taught math in urban public school districts in Elizabeth and Trenton, New Jersey.

Sam has a M.P.P. in urban policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and an A.B. in philosophy from Princeton University.

Gideon Yu, Co-Owner, San Francisco 49ers; Chairman & CEO, Bowers & Wilkins

Gideon is the Chairman and CEO of Bowers & Wilkins, one of the leading brands in home audio. This role is the result of the startup he co-founded in 2014, EVA Automation, acquiring 50-year old Bowers & Wilkins in 2016.

Most recently, Gideon was President and still remains co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers. He was the first President of color of any team in the history of the National Football League. Gideon led the financing and building of Levi’s Stadium, which included the largest stadium construction loan in the history of professional sports and the largest long-term stadium financing in NFL history. During his operating tenure with the 49ers, the team went to three consecutive NFC championship games and played in Super Bowl XLVII.

Previously, Gideon was the Chief Financial Officer of both Facebook and YouTube, the first two Internet companies to achieve one billion active users. At YouTube, he negotiated its $1.65 billion sale to Google amidst a highly competitive auction for the company. At Facebook, he led the $375 million investment round from Microsoft and Hong-Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing at a then record setting $15 billion valuation.

Gideon was also a General Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he led the firm’s founding investment in mobile payments company, Square, founded by Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter) and was the company’s first outside board member. Gideon was also Treasurer and SVP of Finance at Yahoo, where he executed over 30 acquisitions / investments, including Alibaba, Overture, and Flickr. Gideon has also held positions at Disney and Hilton.

Gideon was previously named to the “Executive Dream Team, Startup Edition” by Fortune Magazine, and listed among the “Names You Need To Know” by Forbes Magazine.

Gideon serves on the board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and is active in the Navy SEAL Foundation. Gideon received his MBA from Harvard and BS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford.

Most important to Gideon, however, are his wife, Susie and his two angels, Jonathan and Emily.

ROAR Story Slam Finalists

Jeff Choh

Jeff Choh

Director, Interventional Radiology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, IL; President, Pyongyang University of Science & Technology Division of Medical Sciences Foundation; from Chicago

Eugenia Kim

Eugenia Kim

Author of the novel “Calligrapher’s Daughter”; Professor, Fairfield University Creative Writing Program; from Washington D.C.

Jen Kim

Jen Kim

Owner, Jen Kim Creative event planning and design company; Creator/Host, “Jen Kim KAD (Korean Adoptee)” YouTube series; from Hoboken, NJ

Erica Lee

Erica Lee

Student, George Mason University; National Director of Political Affairs, College Democrats of America; from Raleigh, NC

Min-Woo Park

Min-Woo Park

Copywriting Intern, BBDO New York; 2016 graduate with an English degree, Harvard; from Palos Verdes, CA

Eric Sharp

Eric Sharp

Actor, Playwright and Teaching Artist; Author of the play “Middle Brother”; from Minneapolis, MN