Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Trailblazer Award

Honoring a Pioneering Visionary Whose Work is Celebrated by Peers and Public at Large and Paves the Way for Leaders to Follow

LUCY H. KOH

Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

President Biden appointed Judge Lucy Koh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in December 2021. President Obama appointed Judge Koh to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in June 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara in January 2008. She was formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Silicon Valley; an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles; and in Washington, D.C., a Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, and a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow on U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s Senate Judiciary Committee staff. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.

Judge Koh is the first Korean American female federal appellate judge in the United States, the first Korean American federal district judge in the United States, the first Asian American district judge in the Northern District of California, the first Korean American female judge in the Bay Area, and the first Korean American judge in Santa Clara County.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Trailblazer Award

Honoring a Pioneering Visionary Whose Work is Celebrated by Peers and Public at Large and Paves the Way for Leaders to Follow

LUCY H. KOH

Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

President Biden appointed Judge Lucy Koh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in December 2021. President Obama appointed Judge Koh to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in June 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara in January 2008. She was formerly a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Silicon Valley; an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles; and in Washington, D.C., a Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, and a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow on U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s Senate Judiciary Committee staff. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard.

Judge Koh is the first Korean American female federal appellate judge in the United States, the first Korean American federal district judge in the United States, the first Asian American district judge in the Northern District of California, the first Korean American female judge in the Bay Area, and the first Korean American judge in Santa Clara County.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Empower Award

Honoring an Accomplished National Leader Who Demonstrates Great Leadership and Service to Their Communities

SONGYEE YOON

President & Chief Strategy Officer, NCSOFT

Songyee Yoon is president and chief strategy officer of NCSOFT, a leading global video game developer and publisher headquartered in South Korea. She has 22 years of experience in High Tech, Media, and Entertainment businesses, having started her career at McKinsey & Company as a leader of its High Tech and Media and Entertainment practices.

Yoon is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Human-Centered AI at Stanford University, an advisory board member of the Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and a visiting fellow at the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy at RAND, with which she continues to explore social impacts of AI, equity and ethical sides of technology. She is also a chairperson of the NC Cultural Foundation and chairs NCSOFT’s ESG Steering Committee and serves as a member of the MIT Corporation (Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees).

Yoon graduated from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and held a Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Neuroscience based on her research at the MIT Media Lab. Yoon taught Media and Entertainment Business Strategy as an adjunct professor at Yonsei University and was appointed as an honorary distinguished professor at Ewha Woman’s University.

Yoon served as a chairperson of the Asia Business Leaders Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a member of South Korea’s Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology under two presidents – the 15th president Dae-Jung Kim, and the 16th president Moo-Hyun Roh. She is a director of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation. She has been named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Young Leader by the Boao Forum of China, and one of the 50 Women to Watch in Business by the Wall Street Journal.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Empower Award

Honoring an Accomplished National Leader Who Demonstrates Great Leadership and Service to Their Communities

SONGYEE YOON

President & Chief Strategy Officer, NCSOFT

Songyee Yoon is president and chief strategy officer of NCSOFT, a leading global video game developer and publisher headquartered in South Korea. She has 22 years of experience in High Tech, Media, and Entertainment businesses, having started her career at McKinsey & Company as a leader of its High Tech and Media and Entertainment practices.

Yoon is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Human-Centered AI at Stanford University, an advisory board member of the Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and a visiting fellow at the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy at RAND, with which she continues to explore social impacts of AI, equity and ethical sides of technology. She is also a chairperson of the NC Cultural Foundation and chairs NCSOFT’s ESG Steering Committee and serves as a member of the MIT Corporation (Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees).

Yoon graduated from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and held a Ph.D. from MIT in Computational Neuroscience based on her research at the MIT Media Lab. Yoon taught Media and Entertainment Business Strategy as an adjunct professor at Yonsei University and was appointed as an honorary distinguished professor at Ewha Woman’s University.

Yoon served as a chairperson of the Asia Business Leaders Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a member of South Korea’s Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology under two presidents – the 15th president Dae-Jung Kim, and the 16th president Moo-Hyun Roh. She is a director of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation. She has been named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Young Leader by the Boao Forum of China, and one of the 50 Women to Watch in Business by the Wall Street Journal.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Voice & Leadership Award

Honoring a national leader and role model who demonstrates the core mission of the Council of Korean Americans – to advance the voice and influence of the national Korean American Community.

MIN JIN LEE

Award-Winning Writer 

Min Jin Lee is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award. Lee is the recipient of the Manhae Prize for Literature and fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and serves as a trustee of PEN America and a director of the Authors Guild. She is at work on her third novel, American Hagwon, and a nonfiction work, Name Recognition.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Voice & Leadership Award

Honoring a national leader and role model who demonstrates the core mission of the Council of Korean Americans – to advance the voice and influence of the national Korean American Community.

MIN JIN LEE

Award-Winning Writer 

Min Jin Lee is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award. Lee is the recipient of the Manhae Prize for Literature and fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College and serves as a trustee of PEN America and a director of the Authors Guild. She is at work on her third novel, American Hagwon, and a nonfiction work, Name Recognition.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Embrace Unity Award

Honoring a Bridge-Building National Leader Whose Work Promotes Greater Understanding and Cooperation Across Ethnic and Racial Community Boundaries

AFRICA YOON

Author & CEO, Blackyoonicorn

Africa Yoon is an author, television host and celebrated activist known for working with young people on issues from education, poverty eradication, racism, at risk youth, obesity, bullying, sexual health and sport. She was awarded the Golden Graal humanitarian prize in Rome for using film and television to educate about HIV/AIDS and named one of the Top 40 Youth Activists in the world by MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation in her late teens. She has spoken around the world including the United Nations and is recognized for ending her speeches in song and dance. A graduate of New York University / Tisch School of the Arts, Mrs. Yoon bridges culture, activism and entertainment in all her projects.

Born into a family of diplomats including an Olympian turned United Nations ambassador father, and activist mother, she is currently the CEO of Blackyoonicorn, a cultural entertainment company that produces and promotes her writing and animation projects as well sells merchandise associated with each release. With a passion for Korean food and health, she runs the popular “Korean Cooking Friends” Facebook Group and developed a cooking app by the same name. Mrs. Yoon lives in Oahu, Hawaii with her husband and children and splits her time in Busan, South Korea and Yaoundé Cameroon.

Recipient Of The 2022 CKA Embrace Unity Award

Honoring a Bridge-Building National Leader Whose Work Promotes Greater Understanding and Cooperation Across Ethnic and Racial Community Boundaries

AFRICA YOON

Author & CEO, Blackyoonicorn

Africa Yoon is an author, television host and celebrated activist known for working with young people on issues from education, poverty eradication, racism, at risk youth, obesity, bullying, sexual health and sport. She was awarded the Golden Graal humanitarian prize in Rome for using film and television to educate about HIV/AIDS and named one of the Top 40 Youth Activists in the world by MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation in her late teens. She has spoken around the world including the United Nations and is recognized for ending her speeches in song and dance. A graduate of New York University / Tisch School of the Arts, Mrs. Yoon bridges culture, activism and entertainment in all her projects.

 

Born into a family of diplomats including an Olympian turned United Nations ambassador father, and activist mother, she is currently the CEO of Blackyoonicorn, a cultural entertainment company that produces and promotes her writing and animation projects as well sells merchandise associated with each release. With a passion for Korean food and health, she runs the popular “Korean Cooking Friends” Facebook Group and developed a cooking app by the same name. Mrs. Yoon lives in Oahu, Hawaii with her husband and children and splits her time in Busan, South Korea and Yaoundé Cameroon.