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Officers lead the direction of the organization, and address any organizational issues. It is the officers’ job to ensure that there are enough planned events and that the organization is thriving. Officers have at least a 1 year commitment, but are encouraged to serve 2-3 year terms. Officers must attend biweekly meetings on Wednesday evenings.
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 President 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.
Eddy is an engineer with Google on the Chrome browser team. He is originally from Queens, New York. He loves running, cycling and hanging out with his family in Orange County.
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.
Petra is a business professional with leadership, project and program management experience on an international scale in multiple countries. She has a true passion for working with, understanding, and developing people to enable personal growth and high performance output. She is bilingual and has a forte in communicating ideas cross functionally as a business and information liaison. She hopes to share her passion through the Korean American Professional Society and looks forward to all the meaningful engagements she’ll be encountering through the community.
Kawon has been involved with various Korean and Korean American interest organizations over the years. Formerly a software engineer, Kawon currently works as an attorney and assists tech companies on intellectual property matters.
Through KAPS, she hopes to provide opportunities for Bay Area professionals to network and get more involved in the community.
Ken works in Corporate Development for the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, focused on automotive tech and future mobility. Previously, he worked in investment banking covering semiconductors and autonomous technology.
He received his MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and prior to that was working in Seoul as an investment banker. Ken also served in the Korean military, including a tour in Iraq. Ken is an avid traveler, reader and gamer, and loves hosting dinners with friends and good wine. Through KAPS, Ken hopes to better connect professionals in the Bay Area to help further the career goals of KAP members.
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.
The advisory board helps to guide the organization’s mission, strategy, and impact. The minimum commitment is 3 years. There are board meetings twice a year. Advisors are encouraged to use their networks and resources to help elevate KAPS. Current Advisory Board members are previous KAPS presidents, but we are open to outside board members.
Fred is a lawyer based in San Francisco. He is passionate about building Korean and Korean American community in the Bay Area of California.
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’ 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.
KACF-SF is the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco
Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco (KACF-SF) was founded in 2014 by thirteen women who recognized the critical needs in the greater Bay Area and realized the potential of philanthropic giving among Korean Americans. KACF-SF invests in solutions that build bridges to success by providing grants and building capacity to our nonprofit partners.
AKA-SF is the Association of Korean Adoptees San Francisco
The Association of Korean Adoptees San Francisco (AKASF) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the San Francisco Bay Area Korean Adoptee community.
Korean Center, Inc. San Francisco
Korean Center, Inc. (KCI), founded in 1974, is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to creating a vibrant, engaged community where Korean culture and heritage are explored, celebrated, and preserved for future generations. Whether you want to explore your own Korean heritage, introduce your children to that heritage, or simply want to learn about a new culture, KCI can help you connect to all things Korean!