Hyon Lee - President
MIT Korean Student Association, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, and Korean Adoptees Mentorship Program are just a few of the organizations Hyon has been involved with in the past 15 years. His Korean pride runs deep and his passion to give back runs even deeper. As the president of KAPS, Hyon aspires to tighten the large group of members and increase its impact in the Bay Area Korean Community.
Professionally, he is the Software Architect at the Long-Term Stock Exchange, where he builds an exchange platform designed for the mutual benefit of companies and investors
Subin Park - Vice President
Subin Park is currently a software engineer at Intuit, where she works on a Mint iOS app.
Born in Korea, she moved to the US to go to high school in Washington and Illinois state before attending Bryn Mawr College where she graduated with a degree in computer science and psychology. She moved to the Bay Area fresh out of college for the exciting tech scene.
Subin loves meeting new people and having a good time. In her spare time, Subin enjoys dancing, doing outdoor activities like snowboarding, hiking, yoga and hanging out with friends.
She’s excited to serve as Vice President to develop strong connections in the Korean community through fun social events.
Cathy Son - Treasurer
Cathy Son is a Senior Accountant working at a graduate school in Peninsula where she heavily works on reconciliation, overviewing students’ accounts, and other various projects related to accounting/finance. She graduated from Cal State University Fullerton in sunny Southern California with B.A in Business/Accounting.
In her spare time, she goes to the gym, indoor rock climbing, practices yoga, plays golf, goes for a walk and meets new people at happy hour events.
She’s excited to be part of KAPS community, see many people get involved in Korean American community and connected with each other.
Ian Lee - Media Chair
Ian Lee is currently a Senior Account Manager at Acxiom in Foster City and spent a year on the client side at Sun Microsystems.
Ian was born in Oakland and raised in Fairfield until he moved to Korea at the age of 10 to attend Pusan American School and Seoul American High School. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and immediately joined the database marketing industry. He enjoys snowboarding and photography in his spare time.
Byung Sa - Communications Chair
Byung Sa is currently a recruiter for the life sciences industry. As a Korean male growing up in New York, Byung is all too familiar with the racism towards Asian Americans but also specific racism towards Asian men. He is currently involved in the film and media space on his part time and is focused on tacking proper representation in the media but also internalized racism within the Asian American community.
Lisa Oh - Social Chair
Lisa moved to San Francisco in December 2017 from Seattle. She is currently a Senior Program Manager at Samsung, where she manages multiple flagship SMART wearable products.
She received her Master of Science and the Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
As the social chair of KAPS, Lisa hopes to serve and empower the professional and personal development of the community.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling as well as outdoor activities such as cycling, running, swimming, and hiking.
Susie Han - Marketing Chair
Susie grew up in the Bay Area by way of Georgia and upstate New York. She works as an independent consultant by day (and sometimes night). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to the gym, attempting new hobbies (guitar, rock climbing, …), and trying new restaurants.
Susie hopes to be more involved in the Korean community and to help promote Korean culture.
David Hong - Secretary
David is a 1.5-generation Korean American residing in the East Bay. David joined KAPS in 2015 to get connected with the Korean community in the Bay. Through KAPS, he met many inspirational individuals and community organizations that are excited to give back to the community. Since 2018, he has taken the secretary role with KAPS to help continue bringing the Bay Koreans together.
Jessica Kwon - External Relations Chair
Coming from a brief stint in Las Vegas and Miami, Jess is back for round two in the Bay Area. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science she began her career first in litigation consulting, and then started a sales and marketing company that she still runs today. Most recently, she served as CEO for a San Francisco startup that she helped grow to close to 100 team members. Her personal experiences include forming the first vegan community in Las Vegas, and growing the group to over 300 members before her departure to Miami, where she joined forces with another large vegan organization as one of its officers. Jess now hopes to combine her love of creating and cultivating strong communities with the KAPS mission of providing service and support for a thriving Korean American community.
She is interested in providing KAPS members with her graphic design/website services and can volunteer a few hours of my company's time per month pro bono. Please let us know if you are interested!
Kevin Kang - Memberships Chair
Kevin is currently a small business owner at San Francisco in the Financial District.
He was born in Pusan, South Korea then moved to San Francisco with his family when he was 8. He finished his education in Business at SFSU.
In his spare time, he likes hiking, watching sports and listening to music.
As the membership chair he is hoping to grow and bring Korean Americans closer within the community.
Hanna Lee - Nutrition Chair
Hanna grew up in the Bay Area and is currently a surgical technologist at a hospital in San Jose. She joined KAPS in May of 2018 and is very excited to be a part of the team. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, shopping, and trying out different restaurants in town.
Through KAPS, Hanna hopes to have a positive influence and to bring together the Korean community of the Bay Area.
Pearl You - Sponsorship Chair
Pearl You was born in Seoul and came to California 19 years ago. She worked as a product developer in various fashion companies in Southern California and evolved into a Real Estate professional in the Silicon Valley.
Outside of her career, she is passionate about salsa dancing. You can often find her playing volleyball at a beach or strapped into her snowboard. She also has a love of travel.
As Sponsorship Chair, she hopes that her desire to connect with people empowers the community she's in and helps to achieve the KAPS mission.
Eddie Chin - Community Service Chair
Eddie is a Software Engineer at Google on the Chrome browser. In a former life, he was a management consultant at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). Eddie earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Binghamton University and a master’s from Cornell University. Eddie is an advocate for the Asian community. At Google, he is one of the leaders of the Asian Google Network. Outside of the office, Eddie enjoys cycling and woodworking.
Dennis Kwon - Advisor
Dennis is a second-generation Korean American originally hailing from NY/NJ and now a San Francisco resident. He just finished his tour of duty as a television producer for the Discovery Channel show MythBusters and is now working as the Senior Mechanical Engineer for Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley technology company dedicated to moving people more quickly and efficiently through personal flight, putting his degree in mechanical engineering (from Rutgers University) to work again. Dennis’s previous jobs included developing volumetric displays, working in the aerospace industry, and a career in special effects.
Looking for a connection to the Korean Community, Dennis became a member of the Korean American Professional Society (KAPS) and discovered a great group of professionals as well as a great group of friends. He soon joined as KAPS Community Service Officer and then transitioned into the role of KAPS Vice President and then President. This year Dennis has joined the Board of Directors of the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (KACF-SF) and will continue to serve KAPS as a Board Advisor and Treasurer in hopes to continue to contribute to the Korean Community by sharing his experiences learned here and abroad.