Board of Directors     


President:

Andrew Injoo Park is a non-resident James A. Kelly Fellow at the Pacific Forum and a master’s candidate of the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University. He previously worked as a Researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and served as an interpreter/translator at the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Yongsan, Seoul. He received a B.A. in Political Science, International Studies, and Asia Studies from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he also founded and served as president of the university’s Alexander Hamilton Society chapter.

Vice President: Vacant

Treasurer:

Stephanie Kim has served The Sejong Society since 2012 and is committed to the organization’s mission of engaging the next generation of Korea and Northeast Asia specialists, and of fostering a deeper dialogue on Korea affairs within the DC policy and academic communities. Stephanie is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program (SSP), having earned her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Director of Programming:

Garrett Redfield works for the Institute for Defense Analyses specializing in Korean Peninsula affairs. He is a Korean American adoptee who has spent extensive time working, living, and studying in Korea. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of State supporting interagency counterterrorism exercises. He has a Master of International Affairs degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and is proficient in Korean. 

Director of Communications:

Patrick Niceforo joined the Sejong Society in 2017. He is committed to fostering an open and nonpartisan dialogue in DC's academic and policy community about U.S.-Korea relations. Patrick has a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in International Policy and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Director of Operations: Vacant

Director of Research:

Hanju (Andrew) Jung is currently working as a federal contractor in the Washington DC area. Previously, he interned at the State Department in its Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, focusing on human-rights policy in the Asia-Pacific. He has also been a Consultant for the National Institute for Civil Discourse, helping to create NICDChat, a podcast program to encourage constructive and diverse dialogues on important, complex issues.  He graduated with a MPA from American University in May 2016. He is originally from New York, where his activities have included raising civic participation among the Asian-American community and with The Korea Society, coordinating policy programs on U.S-Korea bilateral affairs. He received his B.A in Political Science and International Relations from SUNY Geneseo.

 

Committee Members

Programming:

Sarah Mack is an undergraduate student at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Her exposure to Korean culture began when she studied at a Korean high school in Jeonju, South Korea. Since then she has been hooked! Prior to joining the Sejong Society, Sarah interned for the North Korea Strategy Center and the US-Korea Institute, volunteered at the Mansudae North Korean Art Gallery, and served as a research assistant to AP Pyongyang bureau founder and chief, Jean Lee.

Communications:

Steve S. Lee is a research analyst at CNA Education, where he currently leads research evaluating the validity of the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Model developed by the Maryland Department of Education. Prior to joining CNA, he worked at Windwalker Corporation as a senior research specialist, working on several high-profile projects. Before that, he served as a senior institutional research analyst and adjunct professor of sociology at Chapman University. There, he was also faculty advisor to the Korean Student Association and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) chapter. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from James Madison University.
 

Research:

Jessie Chen currently works as project coordinator / research analyst at Jerry Chang Law Office. Prior to that, she interned at the Asia Society Policy Institute working on issues related to Asian regional security development, such as ASEAN's ADMM, One Belt One Road, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, THAAD deployment in South Korea, and the South China Sea territorial disputes. She earned an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan. Mandarin is her native language, and she has professional fluency in Japanese.

Michael Buckalew is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and an Executive Assistant at a DC-based law firm. He also co-chairs the East Asia discussion group with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Michael received his MA from Korea University in International Studies focusing on US-Japan-ROK relations and regional security issues posed by the DPRK. Previously, he interned at the East-West Center in Washington, DC where he published a working paper on how Japan-ROK historical tensions impact their relations with ASEAN.

Jaemin Baek is an Associate at Albright Stonebridge Group's East Asia & Pacific Practice. Prior to joining ASG, he interned at  the PwC Growth Markets Centre in Singapore where helped develop client strategies for market entry and risk mitigation. He also served as an intern at the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s Office of Japan, Korea, & APEC Affairs. Additionally, he has held internships at the United States Chamber of Commerce and Emergency Committee for America Trade. Mr. Baek received a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and completed coursework at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

     Senior Advisor

Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh is an Asian specialist at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Korea Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace, the Board of Directors of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, and the co-founder and former co-director of the Korea Club of Washington, D.C. Katy Oh is a specialist in East Asian affairs and focuses on North and South Korea and Japan. Her research projects include regional security, inter-regional politics, and U.S. security and foreign policy on Asia.

Advisors  

Junoh Kim currently serves as an electrical engineer and expert witness in the Office of Administrative Litigation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Before joining FERC in 2015, Junoh worked in acquisition agencies at the Department of the Army for eight years, specializing in testing and evaluation, research and development, and project management for various defense programs. Having joined The Sejong Society as a Committee member in 2010, Junoh also served as Treasurer from 2011 to 2014. Junoh received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

Daniel Yi currently serves as Program Manager and Executive Assistant of Federal Government Relations at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Prior to his role at PCI, he worked as an Associate at TTR Sotheby's International Realty, specializing in the real estate market for the Washington DC metropolitan area. Before his career in real estate, he served as Special Assistant to Under Secretary Eric L. Hirschhorn in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Daniel joined the Commerce Department in June 2013 as a political appointee to President Obama. His additional professional experiences include service as a Field Organizer for Organizing for America – Virginia during the 2012 Presidential campaign. He organized grassroots efforts in Northern Virginia, including ownership of ten precincts in Fairfax County. Prior to his time on the Obama campaign, he worked as an English Instructor at Chungdahm Institute, a private tutoring academy in Seoul, South Korea. Daniel graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in International Relations. He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky.

Jean Abbey Lee is a veteran broadcast journalist with over a decade of experience on TV, radio, and the web. Lee serves as the British Broadcasting Corp's Korea Reporter in Washington, D.C. Lee received her graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to joining BBC, the Korea wonk was with Voice of America, Cable News Network, and Chicago Tribune. You can connect with her at facebook.com/jeeabbeylee or on Twitter @jeeabbeylee

Sangyeon Do is currently a Master's candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, International Education Policy program. She served as a Legislative Researcher at the Embassy of Korea in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Congress-related issues concentrating on comparing and contrasting between the Korean National Assembly and the U.S. Congress. She also holds a membership with the Council on Unification Education Committee which is appointed by the Ministry of Unification in Korea. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Sangyeon holds a B.A in English and Political Science from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. There, she co-founded the Liberty in North Korea (LINK) and served as an intern for a Minnesota Senator.