About us

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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.

In his spare time, he enjoys tending to his garden and fixing his motorcycle. Oh, and he also likes to play boardgames and cook Korean food for his friends. He has many friends.

 
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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 exciting tech scenes.

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.

 
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Dennis Kwon - Treasurer

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.

 
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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.

 
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Jiwon Kim - Marketing Chair

Jiwon is a Bay Area native who first found out about KAPS during her first job at a Korean non-profit organization in San Jose. Since working with volunteers from various organizations for KIN's (Korea IT Network) annual conference, she has been passionate in bringing people together for valuable causes. It's been ten years since then, and she has continued to pursue her interest in technology and communications. Jiwon's most recent role was managing partner relations at NerdWallet, a fintech startup. 

During her free time, Jiwon enjoys level 1 hiking, forensic files, learning new recipes, and catching up on r/showerthoughts.

As a KAPS member for the last few years, she is excited to join as Marketing Chair to support the organization through outreach and networking events. 

 
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Crystal Baik - Community Service Chair

Crystal was raised in a small business family deeply rooted in the Korean American community. Her upbringing, combined with many years of Korean Language Saturday School, has shaped her into a Korean American leader. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. Crystal is enthusiastic about her career as a Marketing professional at HoneyBook/Wedding Spot, in San Francisco. With a pioneering spirit, she avidly seeks new experiences and learning opportunities.

With a heart for others, Crystal has volunteered for KACF-SF and is excited to be a liaison between the KA community and willing hands of KAPS members. She is particularly interested in uniting the different generations and partnering with local organizations to strengthen the community. Crystal’s current passion project is learning photography so she will probably be taking photos of you at a KAPS event.

KAPS is eager to serve and get involved. Want to collaborate with us? We would love to get to know you! For community service opportunities, reach us at crystal@kaps.com

 

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.

 

Anita Ju - Social Chair

Anita is a professional working in the healthcare industry and is very passionate about transforming the healthcare system in order to provide affordable and high quality healthcare to all people regardless of socioeconomic barriers. She moved to the Bay Area from Boston a year ago for work and has been with KAPS since January 2017. She is fluent in both Korean and English and enjoys learning about Korean history and traditional Korean dance and music.

Anita enjoys dancing West Coast Swing, Brazilian Zouk, Salsa, and Bachata. She like to lead an active lifestyle and healthy eating. When she is not at dance or the gym, she enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. 

Anita joined KAPS in order to bring the young Korean professionals in the Bay Area together. The small size of the Korean community in the Bay Area provides more opportunity for Koreans in the Bay Area to be build a more tight knit community through social events and networking. She'd like to help KAPS build a strong network of Korean professionals for young professionals starting out their careers and for those who are already at mid points in their careers.  

 
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Christine Ko - Public Relations Chair

Christine is a Real Estate professional who specializes in the Bay Area residential housing market.

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Christine takes great pride in being a Bay Area native. Besides the four years she spent in San Diego where she graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Christine considers the Bay Area one of the best places to live.

As the past President of KAPS, Christine is committed to the Korean American community both as a leader and volunteer. She emphasizes the importance to promote cultural awareness, deeper involvement in the community, and professional networking opportunities by continuing to serve on leadership. Her vision is to create a stronger and more unified Korean American community of professionals. In previous years, Christine served as Social/Professional Chair where she planned successful networking events and professional seminars.

In her spare time Christine loves to travel and experience good eats and good conversations with good friends.