Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
It is an honor to serve our community by raising the voice of Korean American civic and civil rights interests for the past 35 years and to provide programs that serve the community. We applaud and congratulate our KAC Luminary Award honorees for the excellence by which they have served our community!
Individual Luminary Award:
Min Kim, CEO and President of Open Bank
Corporate Luminary Award:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
We sincerely thank you for all your continued support, and we look forward to working together in 2019 to serve the community effectively.
KAC Board unanimously voted in Eunice Hur Song, Esq. as the new Executive Director to commence duties as of November 1, 2018.
Ms. Song is homegrown within the KAC organization. She first joined KAC in 2008 as a participant of the mentorship program for law students. Through KAC, she met mentors that impact her life to this day. While she was a student in the Southwestern Law School’s two-year accelerated program called SCALE (Southwestern Conceptual Approach to Legal Education), Ms. Song started volunteering for KAC as a certified mediator for the 4.29 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Center in early 2008. In 2012, she accepted the full-time role as the Mediation Director for the ADR center and helped dramatically increase its case closure rate helping numerous community members resolve disputes. “I am so thankful that KAC enabled me to serve the community, especially the elderly and low-income clients, as a bilingual mediator. It is such rewarding work to be able to be a conduit by which two parties can come to agreement to move past disputes” said Ms. Song.
Ms. Song returned to KAC in July of 2017 as the Director of the 4.29 Alternative Dispute Resolution Center to revitalize the ADR department. During her most recent tenure as the Director of the ADR Center, she improved the case closure rate two-fold. In the 2017-2018 Los Angeles County fiscal year alone, Ms. Song and the ADR Center helped 108 individuals and businesses resolve their disputes. In October, the Board of KAC decided to recognize her service to the community by elevating her to the Executive Directorship of KAC.
As KAC’s Executive Director, Ms. Song plans to not only uphold, but expand KAC’s roster of community services and programs. Those include:
Ms. Song wishes for KAC to to impact the lives of the individual in a real and meaningful way just as KAC impacted hers. Said Executive Director Song, “KAC will continue to be a voice for Korean Americans and in turn, educate our community members of the privilege of citizenship and the power of voting, thus taking responsibility and ownership of our community. Change happens first at the individual level.”
As Executive Director, Eunice plans to continue KAC’s tradition of promoting for the civic and civil rights interests of the Korean American community along with the staff and KAC’s Board of Directors and the newly elected officers: Susie Oh, Chair of the Board; Garrett Lee Esq. (Secretary); Daniel Lee, Esq. (Treasurer); Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn, Esq., Charlie Kim, Tony Kim, Andrew Lee, Dr. Young Jik Lee, M.D., and James Santa Maria.