Board of Directors     


President:

Andrew Injoo Park previously worked as a Researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. He has also interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, and, prior to that, served as an interpreter/translator at the ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Yongsan, Seoul. There, he developed his passion for U.S.-ROK affairs. 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. Andrew was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Vice President:

Sangyeon Do is a legislative researcher at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC, employing her expertise on the legislative systems of both the U.S. and ROK. She also is a member of the Council on Unification Education Committee, whose membership is selected by the ROK Ministry of Unification. Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Sangyeon received a B.A in English and Political Science from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. During her time there, she also established a chapter of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) and interned in the office of a Minnesota senator.

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.

Directors 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. 

Deputy Director of Programming

Daniel Lee was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Seoul following high school to continue his studies.  He discovered a passion for North Korean affairs and reunification after a visit to the DMZ.  He remained in Seoul to finish his M.A. and pursue a Ph.D in International Relations at Seoul National University .  During his fifteen years there he also worked for major broadcasting companies including KBS as a news producer and Arirang TV as a newscaster.  He recently returned to the U.S. and now resides in Virginia where he hopes to work for the U.S. government in North Korea policy. He currently works for Fairfax County as a policy coordinator.

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.

Min Hwang is currently a Nuclear Safeguards Intern at the Stimson Center. He is also an international student from South Korea studying Political Science and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He likes to fish and explore nature.

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:

Karen Kim edits the Sejong Society's bi-weekly newsletter, the Sejong Digest 2.0. She currently assists with economic research at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. She has also worked in economic litigation consulting, marketing, and product development, after graduating from Harvard University in 2013. Karen is bilingual in English and Korean, and fluent in Mandarin. She is originally from Seoul, Korea.

Leon Whyte currently works at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) as research coordinator. Prior to joining NPEC, he worked as a leadership facilitator at Camp Challenge in Singapore, an English teacher in South Korea, and for Studylane, an Australian education agent. He earned his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.S. in political science from Appalachian State University.

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.

Patrick Niceforo (see above)

 

     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.

Cameron Cankaya currently works as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte. Prior to that, he spent two years pursuing an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Belfer International and Global Affairs Student Fellow. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea. Cameron has lived in Spain and the UK, and he has also completed an internship at the European Parliament.

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

Matthew McGrath