Korean Resource Center Board of Directors/2011

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Board of Directors Roster 2011

Zu Kim, President
Joann Lee, Secretary
Joann H. Lee is the directing attorney of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Outreach Unit of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). She provides direct legal services to the growing indigent API immigrant population in the Los Angeles area, specializing in the areas of family and immigration law. Joann coordinates outreach efforts, media work, and projects designed to provide monolingual APIs better access to legal services. Joann received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a B.S. in Social Policy and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She currently serves on the boards of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California, Korean Resource Center, and Center for the Pacific-Asian Family.
Jiwon Hong, Treasurer
Joon Kim
Yun-Sook Kim
Cliff Sukjae Lee
Cliff Sukjae Lee was a high school math teacher in Philadelphia, PA, with experience in community organizing and neighborhood-based ESOL popular education, when he first became involved with the then NAKASEC-affiliated Korean American Community Center and also with Young Koreans United (YKU). With other volunteers he became one of the founding members of SoRi-MoRi Philadelphia Korean Cultural Troupe in 2000. After moving to California in 2004, he became involved with the Korean Resource Center (currently serving as a board member) and HanNuRi Korean American Cultural Troupe in Los Angeles. Later that year he was elected President of Young Koreans United of USA. Cliff is currently a practicing acupuncturist / herbalist in Maywood, CA.
Il Soo Noh
Courtni Sunjoo Pugh
(2006) Ms. Courtni Sunjoo Pugh has been a dynamic leader and campaign organizer for over a dozen years. Drawing on the highlights of her extensive commitments, Ms. Pugh began her career as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, Local 250, in Oakland, California in the early nineties.
Before returning to Los Angeles, Pugh served as the Deputy Base Vote Director and National Director of Asian Pacific American Outreach at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2000 election. Her national political commitments continued, as Deputy Political Director for Senator John Edwards 2004 Presidential campaign. A pioneering leader, Pugh is also the first woman and Asian American to serve as Political Director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
Pugh’s commitment to community service extends far beyond her employment history. She recently served as the Western Region Political Director for the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) where she was the International’s Representative in Politics for California and Nevada.
Courtni Sunjoo Pugh’s work on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans is nationally recognized for her effectiveness in increasing the political will of Asian Pacific Americans. Her knowledge and leadership is widely sought after: Pugh serves on numerous Boards and Committees, including as the founding Board Chair of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) Action Fund, and the founding member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA), just to name a few.
Ki Tae Lee
Angela Cho
Angela Kim
Myung Kwi Lee


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