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9TH NATIONAL LIGHTING THE COMMUNITY SUMMIT

OWNING OUR FUTURE

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JUNE 6 - 8 · 2016 Ke l l o g g Co nfe re n ce Hot e l at G a l l a u d et Un i ve r s i t y

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It is our hope that through this Summit, you will be able to meet and dialogue with our nation’s leaders as WITNESSES, be equipped in the civic arena and ADVOCATE, and also elevate the strengths and needs of our communities to foster PARTNERSHIPS with our government and corporate leadership.”

We are called to be salt and light to the world and be bold witnesses in every sphere of life. This calling is greater than any particular political stance or social agenda. We are to bless and pray for our nation’s leaders. Christian leaders from the African American and Latino communities have preceded us in engaging in the civic process and as a result are regularly invited to the decision making table. They have translated their influence and access to impact public policies and to bring investments and needed resources for their communities and for those who are voiceless. We invite you to join our 1000 Initiative for “such a time as this” in creating a strong united AAPI Christian voice in the public sphere! It is our hope that through this Summit, you will be able to meet and dialogue with our nation’s leaders as WITNESSES, be equipped in the civic arena and ADVOCATE, and also elevate the strengths and needs of our communities to foster PARTNERSHIPS with our government and corporate leadership. Let’s shine our light and be a blessing to our nation and our community! Hyepin Im KCCD President and CEO Woogie Kim KCCD Board Co-Chair Rev. John Jong Dai Park KCCD Board Co-Chair

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are delighted to welcome you to our 9th National Lighting the Community Summit under the theme of “Shining Our Light: Owning Our Future” and to this third historic gathering of Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Christian churches and leaders at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. We are excited to continue our 1000 Initative, a national, nonpartisan network of AAPI Christian churches and leaders who can be engaged in the public sphere. Our theme reflects the strengths of our communities as well as the vision of this Summit and movement. We as AAPI Christian leaders have been active through evangelism, global missions, and direct service. Yet our voice and presence have been missing at the local and national front due to marginalization and our own disengagement. As a result, our communities have been undeserved and overlooked in services and resources.

Welcome & Invitation

WELCOME & INVITATION

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Letters of Commendation

Mark Warner Senator

U.S. Senate, Virginia

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LETTERS OF COMMENDATION


Ed Royce

Letters of Commendation

Congressman U.S. House of Representatives, California, 39th District

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Congressman

Mike Honda U.S. House of Representatives, California, 17th District

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Letters of Commendation

Congresswoman

Doris Matsui U.S. House of Representatives, California, 6th District

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Congresswoman

Tammy Duckworth U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois, 8th District

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Letters of Commendation

Congresswoman

Grace Meng U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 6th District

Gerald E. Connolly

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Congressman

U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 11th District

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Letters of Commendation

Congressman

Charles B. Rangel U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 13th District

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Congressman

Raul Grijalva U.S. House of Representatives, Arizona, 3rd District

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Hyepin Im Korean Churches for Community Development 3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 736 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Dear Friends: As Senator of California’s Thirty-Fourth Senate District, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 9th National Lighting the Community Summit: Shining Our Light, Owning our Future. For many years, the Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) has played a pivotal role in empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. As the KoreanAmerican community continues to grow and prosper, it is important that your interests and voices are heard and represented. The future success of the Korean-American Community is dependant on individuals like you, who are willing to come together for the greater good of the community.

State Senator

Janet Nguyen California, 34th District

Letters of Commendation

June 6, 2016

I would like to thank everyone in attendance for being involved in this year’s conference. Your participation ensures the future progression of the Korean-American Community. On behalf of the residents of California’s Thirty-Fourth Senate District, I thank you for your commitment and offer you best wishes for a wonderful event. Sincerely,

Assembly California Legislature

DAVID HADLEY

(916) 319-2066 FAX (916) 319-2166

ASSEMBLYMAN, 66TH DISTRICT

DISTRICT OFFICE 23211 Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 200A Torrance, CA 90505 (310) 316-2164 FAX (310) 316-2480

COMMITEES Vice Chair: Aging and Long Term Care Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Banking and finance Natural Resources Utilities and Commerce Joint Committee on Arts

JANET NGUYEN State Senator, Thirty-Fourth District California State Legislature

May 4, 2016 Korean Churches for Community Development 3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 736 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Dear Friends: I would like to formally congratulate Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) on their 9th National Lighting the Community Summit: Shining Our Light, Owning Our Future. KCCD plays a vital role in serving as a bridge between the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and the greater community at local and national levels. I believe the impact of the services KCCD provides has a positive effect in our region. Their dedication to advance the Asian American and Pacific Islander community’s participation, contribution, and influence through faith-based and community partnerships is worthy of high recognition. KCCD’s effort to increasing access to resources and funds, and assisting lowincome individuals and revitalizing neighborhoods serves a means to improving our community and provides civic engagement opportunities for all. As a member of the California State Assembly, it is my honor to recognize their contributions and congratulate them in their endeavors. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your efforts. Please accept my best wishes for your continued success.

Assemblymember Sincerely,

David Hadley

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CAPITOL OFFICE State Capitol Sacramento, CA 94249-0066

California, 66th District DAVID HADLEY Assemblymember, 66th Assembly District

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Letters of Commendation

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

HOUSE OF DELEGATES RICHMOND TIM HUGO COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: EDUCATION FINANCE COMMERCE AND LABOR AGRICULTURE, CHEAPEAKE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

MARK L. KEAM POST OFFICE BOX 1134 VIENNA, VIRGINIA 22183

35TH DISTRICT

June 6, 2016

Dear Friends: Greetings! I want to welcome the leaders, friends and supporters of Korean Churches for Community Development as you gather in Washington DC. I am pleased to be able to join you at the 9th National Lighting the Community Summit: Shining our Light, Building our Leadership and Future Together. Over the past fifteen years, KCCD has been a significant force in raising the profile of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and working to address critical needs of our diverse communities. In particular, KCCD continues to represent the voice of faith-based community which is often lacking in our national policy dialogues. I have been pleased to work with you on numerous occasions to bring together leaders and grassroots workers to advance issues of social justice and human rights. I admire your efforts to ensure that our community is represented at policy-making forums and in the public discourse so that those without a voice can be heard through your work.

Delegate

Mark Keam Virginia House of Delegates 35th District

Thank you for joining us as we continue to shine our light toward a brighter future. I wish you a productive and successful summit in our nation’s capital. Sincerely,

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Mark L. Keam Member, House of Delegates

District: (703) 350-3911 • Richmond: (804) 698-1035 • DelMKeam@house.virginia.gov • www.DelegateKeam.org

COUNCILMEMBER T (703) 435-6805 F (703) 787-7325 grace.wolf@herndon-va.gov

TOWN COUNCIL Lisa C. Merkel, Mayor Jennifer Baker, Vice Mayor David A. Kirby Steven Lee Mitchell Sheila A. Olem Jasbinder Singh Grace Han Wolf

May 26, 2016 Dear Hyepin and Korean Churches for Community Development, Congratulations and a warm welcome to you and all of the participants in the 9th Annual National Lighting the Community Summit. On behalf of the Town of Herndon and my colleagues on the Herndon Town Council, I extend a warm welcome to those attending the Summit and hope you enjoy your time in the greater Washington DC area. The work that you are doing to help engage the AAPI community and their elected officials is of the utmost important and value – thank you for working to bring hope, knowledge and elevating the needs of the AAPI community to our government, at all levels. Thank you for taking the time to learn about what resources are available on the government level and sharing that with your local community.

Councilmember

Grace Han Wolf Hernon Town Council, Virginia

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The conversations, panels, plenarys, Hill visits and networking are all important elements to learn how to engage our political leaders to better serve all Americans. Voices such as yours truly light up the community. Please stay in touch and thank you for your leadership. Warm regards, Grace Han Wolf Grace Han Wolf Councilmember


Letters of Commendation

Mayor Pro Tempore

Ali Sajjad Taj City of Artesia, California

Adam Smith

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Congressman

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, 9th District

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Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

JUNE 6th

Description

2:00pm

Check-in

5:00pm-6:00pm

Registration & Networking

5:30pm

Opening Reception Dinner

Day 1 Program Schedule

DAY 1 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Welcome Remarks: Our Vision - Witness, Advocacy & Partnership

Hyepin Im, President/CEO, KCCD Rev. Jongdai Park, Summit Honorary Co-Chair, Board Co-Chair, KCCD Senior Pastor, Joong-Ang Korean Church

Invocation

Woogie Kim, KCCD Board Co-Chair, Director of Development and International Relations, Biola Univ.

Special Remarks

Diana Yu, Chief of Staff, U.S. White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Erika Moritsugu, Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Department of Housing and Urban Development Rev. Jamie Kim, Founder & Senior Pastor, Core Community Church

6:00pm

Navigating Religious Freedom and Politics of Hate Steve Miska, MBA, Colonel (Retired) U.S. Army, First Amendment Voice Paul Murray, Vice President, Global Peace Foundation, USA

7:30pm

State of AAPI Community & KCCD Introductions Hyepin Im, President/CEO, KCCD Sam George, Executive Director, Parivar International

8:15pm

Vision Networking Session #1 Moderator Woogie Kim, KCCD Board Co-Chair, Director of Development and International Relations, Biola Univ.

9:30pm

Closing Worship Herman Martir, President, Asian Action Network and Asian Prayer Network

Table Hosts Jannah Scott, Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Mark Brinkmoeller, Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Moderators, Discussion Facilitators and Prayer Leaders • Sam George • Raafat Girgis • Russell Jeung • David Kyuman Kim

• Woogie Kim • Sam Koh • Matthew Lee • Herman Martir

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Message

• Jinha Park • Hadiarso Adi • Justine Heoreon An • Christine Haahs

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Day 2 Program Schedule

DAY 2 PROGRAM SCHEDULE Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

JUNE 7th 8:00am-9:30am

Description NATIONAL ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER PRAYER BREAKFAST Emcee Richard Lui, Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC / NBC News

Welcome

Hyepin Im, President/CEO, KCCD

Invocation & Worship/Praise

Herman Martir, President, Asian Action Network and Asian Prayer Network

Prayer for Race Relations & Unity

Maya Rockmeyer, President/CEO/Founder, Center for/ Global Policy Solutions Tony Suarez, Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)

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Russell Jeung, Professor, San Francisco State University

Prayer for Humanitarian Crisis & Disaster Relief

Mark Brinkmoeller,Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Lauren Erickson-Mamane, Senior Advisor, Faith Initiative, US Peace Corps

Prayer for North Korea

Christina Li, East Asia & Pacific Advisor for the Secretary’s Office for Religion & Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Prayer for Mental Health/Suicide

Richard Kim, KA UMM National President, General Commission on United Methodist Men, United Methodist Church

Prayer for President & Government Leaders/Presidential Election Year

Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans’ Employment and Training and Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Labor Mark Keam, Delegate, U.S. House of Delegates, Virginia, 35th District

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Speaker

David Kim, Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration


Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

JUNE 7th

Description

10:00am-11:15am

Workshop: Funding & Resource Workshops

Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

Workshop 1: How to Do Business with US Government • Matthew Lee, CEO & President, Fastech Inc. KoBE Government Contracting Alliance

Day 2 Program Schedule

DAY 2 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Workshop 2: How to Help Trauma Impacted Communities • Brian R. Sims, M.D. Senior Director of Medical and Behavioral Health, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors & Consultant, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) • Stephen Broyles, MPH, MSW, Training and Technical Assistance Manager, SAMHSA Grassroots Community and Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project, Adjunct assistant professor at the Howard University

Workshop 3: Job Resources & International Opportunities/Peace Corps • Mark Brinkmoeller, Director, U.S. Agency for International Development • Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans’ Employment and Training and Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Labor

Break

11:30am-12:30pm

Immigration Reform and the AAPI Community • Juliet Choi, Chief of Staff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services • Adam Estle, Field Director, Evangelical Immigration Table, National Immigration Forum • Tony Suarez, Executive Vice President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) • Reva Gupta, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders • Jenny Yang, World Impact

12:30pm

Lunch Prayer

Hadiarso Adi, Founding Pastor, ICC

1:00pm-2:30pm

Our Voices Matter: Strengthening Our Base during Presidential Election Year • Chris Kang, National Director, The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) • Mee Moua, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC • Floyd Mori, President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) • Christine Chen, Founding Executive Director, APIA Vote • Richard Lui, Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC / NBC News

2:30pm-3:00pm

Break

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Day 2 Program Schedule

DAY 2 PROGRAM SCHEDULE Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

JUNE 7th

Description

3:00pm-4:30pm

Workshop: Funding & Resource Workshops

Concurrent Workshops (Choose one)

Workshop 4: Housing/Homelessness • Paula A. Lincoln, Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) • Rita Flegel, Director of HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing • Lisa Coffman, Special Needs Assistance Program Specialist, HUD • Sean Bennett, Director, Marketing and Outreach, Homeownership Preservation Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury • Moses Kim, HCA Housing Supervisor, KCCD • Tiffani Moore, Senior Affordable Housing Specialist, Office of Affordable Housing Programs, Office of Community Development & Planning under Housing Workshop

Workshop 5: How to Help Trauma Impacted Communities • Brian R. Sims, M.D.Senior Director of Medical and Behavioral Health, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors & Consultant, National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC)

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• Stephen Broyles, MPH, MSW,Training and Technical Assistance Manager, SAMHSA Grassroots Community and Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project, Adjunct assistant professor at the Howard University • Jannah Scott, Deputy Director, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Workshop 6: Presidential Appointments/Career Path and Mentorship Opportunities for Young Adults/Job Training Resources • Grace Choi, Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State • Floyd Mori, President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) • Darlene Hutto, Director of Grants and Fellowships, Forum for Theological Exploration • Piyachat Terrell, Pathways Programs Officer National Recruitment and Outreach Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency • Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Veterans’ Employment and Training and Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

4:30pm-5:30pm

Navigating Our Voices

Rest of Evening

Informal Dinner Groups / D.C. Sightseeing/Optional Activities

David Kyuman Kim, Chair, Department of Religious Studies Program in American Studies, Connecticut College


JUNE 8th

Description

8:00am-12:00pm

White House Tour and Congressional Visits

12:30pm-4:00pm

U.S. Capitol and Congressional Speakers

12:30pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm

Closing Vision Networking Session

2:30pm-3:00pm

Congressional Briefings

3:30pm

Closing & Group Photo Op. at US Capitol

5:00pm-9:30pm

IMPACT AWARDS GALA DINNER

Rayburn 2172 Foreign Affairs Committee Room, US Capitol

Galen Carey, Vice President, Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals David Kyuman Kim, Chair, Department of Religious Studies Program in American Studies, Connecticut College

Charles B. Rangel, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

Welcome Opening Greeting Hyepin Im, President/CEO, KCCD

Sponsor Acknowledgments

Woogie Kim, KCCD Board Co-Chair, Director of Development and International Relations, Biola Univ.

Invocation

Raafat Girgis, Interim Pastor, Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Speaker & Book Signing Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief, Sojourners

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Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

6:00pm-6:30pm

Day 3 Program Schedule

DAY 3 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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Day 3 Program Schedule

DAY 3 PROGRAM SCHEDULE Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

JUNE 8th

Description DINNER AND AWARDS PROGRAM

Special Remarks

Mark Takano, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives Introduction: Jinha Park, KCCD Board Member

Special Performance Migrant Heritage FIL-AM Dance Ensemble

RECOGNITION OF FAITH AND COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD HONOREES

Honoree Presentation

Grace Meng, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives Traci G. Lee , Digital Editorial Manager, NBC Asian America Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor, San Francisco State University/Author & Dr. Joan Jeung, Pediatrician, Asian Health Services Rev. Won Sang Lee, Reverend/ SEED International, President, The Korean Central Presbyterian Church, Centreville, Virginia

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Honoree Group Photo Acknowledgements and Special Thanks Closing Remarks

Rev. John Jongdai Park, Summit Honorary Co-Chair.KCCD Board Co-Chair/Senior Pastor, Joong-Ang Korean Church

9:30pm

Group Gala Photo


& OVERVIEW

SUMMIT GOALS WITNESS • 입증 Raise the visibility, profile, and resources of the AAPI Christian community at a national level. 아시안 어메리칸 태평양 연안국가 기독교 커뮤니 티의 가시성, 인지도와 자원을 국가수준으로 높 인다.

Equip AAPI Christian leaders to better engage, advocate, and educate the broader community about AAPI needs and concerns. 아시안 어메리칸 태평양 연안국가 기독교 지도자 들이 아시안 태평양 연안 제도의 문제점과 요구 에 대해 더욱 폭넓은 지역사회를 교육하고, 지지 하고, 참여하도록 준비한다.

PARTNERSHIP • 협력 Deepen AAPI community partnerships with one another and collaborate with government and other decision makers to leverage resources and increase impact.

아시안어메리칸태평양연안국가상호간에협력을 강화하고,정부및기타의견결정자들이자원을활용 하고 영향력을 높일수 있도록한다.

이번전국대회는 교회와비영

리단체가 어떻게 자원을 활용하고 모금

기회를 얻으며 그들의 영향과 관점을 확 장하며 그들의 프로그램을 구현하고 성

공적인 협력관계를 구축하는지 보여줄 것이다.전국대회는잠재적인출자자와

정부요인, 정부기관등 다양한 관계자를 만날수있는기회를제공할것이다.동시 에,전국대회는 아시아 태평양 연안 지 역사회에 영향을 미칠 주제를 지지하고 모범적인 실례를 강조할수있는 장을 제

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ADVOCACY • 행동노선,  지지

THE SUMMIT

provides opportunities for churches and non-profit organizations to learn how to leverage resources, access funding opportunities, and build successful partnerships to better implement their programs for the community and expand their impact and witness. The summit will also provide networking opportunities with various important stakeholders including potential funders, elected officials, and government agencies. At the same time, the summit provides a platform to highlight great models and resources in the community as well as advocate for issues that impact the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Summit Goals & Overview

SUMMIT GOALS

공할것이다.

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ISSUES IMPACTING AAPI

WHY IT MATTERS

RACE RELATIONS AND UNITY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Why this matters - Asian Americans are facing serious moral choices in regard to how we should respond to recent rulings by the Supreme Court on affirmative action. There are seismic shifts taking place in the landscape of higher education induced by these rulings. Both sides of the debates over affirmative action are seeking to enlist Asian Americans to shore up their arguments for and against affirmative action policies. As it has become clear that race based policies are on the decline, there are some resources to read to help us develop critical responses to changing affirmative action practices that reflect our commitment to social justice and diversity. Black Lives Matter - In tackling one of the most pressing racial issues in the United States today, the treatment of African Americans in the justice system, Black lives matter to API Christians. They matter because we are all God’s children. As family, we fellowship in each other’s sufferings. In fact, APIs have a stake in this matter because we, too, face institutional disparities that subordinate us. For example, API youth arrested are 2.5 times more likely than whites to be tried and convicted as adults, so that their punishment is much more onerous. The mass incarceration of Black and Brown people and their treatment by the hands of the justice system may be seen the new caste system of the United States. The deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York at the hands of police officers has led to serious questioning of whether Black lives matter in the eyes of our society. Where, then, should APIs stand on this issue which has created such a chasm in America? Prominent scholar activists contributing to KCCD’s Prophetic Voices have all concluded that APIs need to stand on God’s side, who is for the oppressed. “On God’s side, we aim to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly. When we make all lives matter, our lives will also matter.”


JUVENILE DELINQUENCY Why this matters - Asian youth have the second highest rate of being tried in adult court for violent crimes. In addition, Asian youth tried in adult court are imprisoned more often than Hispanic and White and are only slightly behind Black youth.

Why this matters - Even though Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up 6 percent of the total U.S. population, we account for over 40 percent of the 4.2 million individuals caught in the current family immigration visa backlog. And we account for 84 percent of the employer-based visa backlog! AAPI DREAMers also account for 40 percent of those in the University of California system. Today, more immigrants come from Asia or the Pacific Islands than any other region in the world. Those from Asian countries also account for 10 percent, or about 1.3 million, of all undocumented immigrants.

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IMMIGRATION REFORM

Issues Impacting AAPI

TOP ISSUES & PROBLEMS TO ADDRESS

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TOP ISSUES & PROBLEMS TO ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH & YOUTH AT-RISK Why this matters - Nearly 150 college-aged Asian American students will die by suicide this year: Asian Americans aged 20-24 have the highest suicide rate of all Asian Americans at 12.4 per 100,000, and have the highest rate of suicidal thoughts among all college-aged students. This rate also appears to be nearly 1.5x higher than the national suicide rate — 7 out of 100,000 — among college-aged students. In 1996-2006 at Cornell University, there were 13 Asian American suicides of the 21 total student deaths by suicide in that time frame. Asian American students made up about 25% of the student body in that time, yet Asian American students were 55% of students who committed suicide on-campus. 1 in 3 college students report experiencing some combination of depression-like symptoms over the course of their time on-campus, and 15% will experience suicidal thoughts; for this reason in part, suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-aged students. Yet, Asian American students are dying by suicide at apparently higher rates than non-Asian counterparts. In part, this is due to high cultural stigma against mental health disorders within the Asian American community. In the general population, Asian Americans are 50% less likely to report symptoms of depression to others, and only 2% (compared to 13% of non-Asians) will raise the topic with their doctors. So, it is not unreasonable to imagine that Asian American students on college campuses are less likely than their non-Asian peers to seek treatment when they experience depression symptoms.

HOUSING Why this matters - Since the housing crisis, Asian Americans were a group that experienced steep decline of homeownership rates, resulting in higher rates of foreclosure along with drop of wealth and housing burden. Within California, Asians suffered the sharpest drop in homeownership in 2008, a 1.24 percentage points drop compared to Blacks (0.88 percentage points), Hispanics (0.80 percentage points), and Whites (0.40 percentage points.) From 2000 to 2010, Asians had the highest proportion of homeowners who paid more than 50% of their monthly income to their housing costs.


RACIAL GAPS IN WEALTH Why this matters - The widening wealth gap in the United States is a worrisome sign that millions of families nationwide do not have enough in assets to offer better opportunities for future generations. Wealth allows families to make investments in homes, in education, and in business creation. On the basis of data collected using the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) survey, we report that, when analyzed by race, wealth accumulation is vastly unequal. There are major disparities in wealth accumulation across various racial and ethnic groups in the United Staes. Racial and ethnic differences in net worth show the extreme financial vulnerability faced by nonwhite households.

Why this matters - Human trafficking, the buying/selling of people, is rising as a dangerous threat. Profits for trafficking are the second largest illegal enterprise in the world, after drugs. People are bought and sold for use as laborers, domestic workers, sex workers, and held against their will in many US cities, and around the world. The AAPI community cares about trafficking because it is disproportionately affecting our communities. Sex trafficking and forced labor are thriving in Asian and South Asian countries. The orientalization of API women helps grow the demand for Asian women in brothels. In the US, victims of trafficking are coming from many Asian countries and the need for services in Asian languages is high. And for our community, there is a unique tie between domestic violence and trafficking that needs to be addressed.

OTHER TOP ISSUES & PROBLEMSTOADDRESS Homelessness, Youth Development/Mentoring, Gang Violence, Domestic Violence, Suicide, Access to Healthcare, Economic Development, Affordable Housing, Financial Literacy, Small Businesses, Religious Freedom for Groups on Campus, Disaster Readiness/Environment, Free Food Service Program, International Aid, North Korea, Education

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KCCD Honorary Committee

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Tammy Duckworth Donna Edwards Raul Grijalva

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David Hadley

U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia 11th, District

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois 8th, District

U.S.House of Representatives, Maryland, 4th District

U.S. House of Representative, Arizona, 3rd District

California State Assembly, 66th District

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U.S.House of Representatives, California,17th District

U.S. House of Delegates, Virginia, 35th District

U.S.House of Representatives, California, 13th District

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U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 6th District

California State Senate, 34th District

U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 13th District

U.S.House of Representatives, California, 40th District

U.S. House of Representatives, California, 39th District

Gerald Connolly

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Mark Keam

Charles Rangel

Barbara Lee

Lucille Roybal

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Mayor Pro Tem

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City of Artesia, California

U.S. House of Representatives, California, 40th District

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland, 8th District

U.S. Senate, Virginia

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U.S. House of Representatives, 33rd District

U.S. House of Representatives, California, 27th District

Adam Smith

Judy Chu

Mark Takano

Chris Van Hollen Mark Warner

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Ali Sajjad Taj

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HONOREES Dr. Russell & Joan Jeung Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor & Author, San Francisco State University Dr. Joan Jeung, Pediatrician, Asian Health Sevices Dr. Russell Jeung is a Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Author of Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches (2005) and Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion Among the Latino and Asian American New Second Generation (2010)¸ he has written extensively on race, religion, and community change. One such project is Prophetic Voices: Asian Pacific Islander Christian Perspectives for Church and Society, produced by KCCD. For the past 25 years, Russell has lived in a low-income neighborhood of East Oakland, California. With fellow Christians, he organized 200 Latino and Cambodian neighbors to win a landmark housing lawsuit. He also helped to establish a community preschool and a multiethnic, multiclass church plant. Most recently, he and his wife, Dr. Joan Jeung, have worked with the refugee communities from Burma and Bhutan for greater access to health and employment services. He recounts these experiences in his spiritual memoir, At Home In Exile: Meeting Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (2016). Dr. Joan Jeung is a Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and a pediatrician at Asian Health Services (AHS), a community health center serving medically underserved communities in Oakland, California. At AHS, she has created programs expanding health care access and health education for underserved immigrant and refugee groups. She was also the founding director for the Empowering Mothers Initiative, which provides parent education and peer support groups families. Dr. Jeung serves on the Project Advisory Committee for the National Center on Medical Home Implementation. Russell & Joan Jeung continue to live in East Oakland with their foster daughters from Burma, Bethsy and Bonny, and their son Matthew. Both have served on the board of New Hope Covenant Church.

Won Sang Lee, Senior Pastor Emeritus / President The Korean Central Presbyterian Church / SEED International Reverend Won Sang Lee served the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, Virginia as Senior Pastor from 1977 to 2003. During this time, he oversaw the church’s growth from 14 families with 30 people to 2208 families with more than 3000 in average attendance during Sunday services. He also served in various community service capacities including the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Access For All (Committee Member 2000-2003), Falls Church-Fairfax United Way Board of Council (Member 20002003), Association of the Korean Churches in the Greater Washington DC (President), and the House of Representatives of United States (Guest Chaplain, 107th Congress meeting on October 10, 2002). He was the Founding Chairman of the Central Senior Center (1994-2003). Reverend Lee also served in various mission organizations such as the Korean World Mission Council for Christ (Co-Chairman 2001-2004), Milal Mission of America for handicapped people (President 2005-2008), Korean American Food For the Hungry (Founding Chairman of the Board 2001-2012), PRASSION International (Prayer is Mission) (Founder/President 2014-present), and SEED International (Founder/President 2000-present). Reverend Lee received his Th. M. from Dallas Theological Seminary (1972), M. A. from University of Pennsylvania (1981), Ph. D. from University of Wales, United Kingdom (2010), and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (2015). Reverend Lee has been married for 50 years to his wife Mrs. Young Ja Lee, a pharmacist who works at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland for more than 30 years. They have two children, a son and a daughter.


HONOREES Traci G. Lee, Digital Editorial Manager NBC Asian America

NBC Asian America NBC Asian America is the country’s first and largest English-language national news resource dedicated to covering the United States’ Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Started in June 2014, NBC Asian America works with more than 40 freelancers around the world to cover news and features ranging from politics to pop culture. In 2016, along with publishing daily articles online, NBC Asian America launched a video channel that features documentaries exclusively focused on issues and voices found in AAPI communities. Beyond serving as a news website for the AAPI community, NBC Asian America is a multimedia platform that is for the community, about the community, and, most importantly, by the community. For more, visit http://nbcasianamerica.com or on social media platforms @ NBCAsianAmerica.

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Traci G. Lee is the Digital Editorial Manager for NBC Asian America at NBCNews.com, where she oversees the country’s largest English-language Asian-American news source. Under her direction, NBC Asian America has grown into a multimedia platform with a focus on news and features on AAPI communities in the U.S., developed a robust social media presence, and recruited more than 40 contributors around the world. In spring 2016, she oversaw the launch of “NBC Asian America Presents…,” a video channel containing episodic documentary series focused on AAPI issues, themes, and voices. Previously, Lee was a digital and multimedia producer and journalist for MSNBC and MSNBC.com, with a focus on bridging the gap between television and the digital space. Her experience includes television production, developing social media strategies for anchors and reporters, and reporting and editing content for NBCNews.com and MSNBC.com, from covering the White House’s first-ever summit on Asian American and Pacific Islanders to documenting the fight for marriage equality within the Mormon Church to profiling rap artists MC Jin and Awkwafina. Along with frequently covering the Asian-American community, Lee has been a vocal advocate for increasing diversity and representation in the media and behind the scenes, and is committed to education, recruitment, and mentorship in an effort to increase diversity within newsrooms. She has organized events at NBC News to promote diversity featuring guests from actress Mindy Kaling to “Angry Asian Man” blogger Phil Yu. Lee is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association, and co-curates a weekly newsletter featuring AAPI news/content from around the web. She is currently based in New York City and holds degrees in literary journalism and global cultures from the University of California, Irvine.

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HONOREES Grace Meng, Congresswoman U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 6th District U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her second term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Grace is the first Asian-American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congressmember of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Grace is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittees on the Middle East and North Africa, and Asia and the Pacific. The Foreign Affairs Committee oversees United States foreign policy towards all nations around the world, and has jurisdiction over foreign aid, the State Department and key international organizations such as the United Nations. Grace also serves on the House Small Business Committee where she is the Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee. The Small Business Committee, which was established to protect and assist small-business owners, has oversight of financial aid, regulatory matters and the Small Business Administration (SBA), issues critical to Queens and New York City since small businesses are the economic engine of the region. Grace is also an Assistant Whip in the House and a founder and Co-Chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise that adversely affects communities. During her first term in the House, Grace scored several legislative victories, a significant accomplishment for a new Member of Congress. In fact, she was one of just 12 Democrats – out of all 207 – who passed three or more bills, placing her in the top six percent. Her bill to make the desecration of cemeteries a violation of religious freedom was signed into law by President Obama, as was her legislation to study the viability of making Queens historic sites part of the National Parks Service. Also signed into law were her measures that aim to enhance the safety of school buses, improve the performance of child car seats and protect the privacy of motorists in driverless vehicles. Her first major legislative effort, to allow federal disaster funds to be used for rebuilding houses of worship damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, passed the House just six weeks after she was sworn in as a Member of Congress. She also secured House passage of several other important measures she authored including a bill to reduce the massive backlog of veterans’ disability claims; legislation, in the wake of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that seeks to better protect American diplomats serving overseas; a measure that aims to create college financial-aid applications in languages spoken by Queens residents; legislation to hold accountable those countries that facilitate Hezbollah and legislation to crack down on con artists and devious telemarketers who use phone scams to rip off millions of Americans, particularly seniors and those from immigrant communities. In addition, Grace helped obtain increased funding for Israel’s missile defense systems; acquired additional small-business resources for Queens; and persuaded the State Department to acknowledge and remedy the widespread denial of tourist visas to young Israelis. Further, she helped convince the Small Business Administration (SBA) to improve entrepreneurs’ access to capital and her efforts led to New York City’s new school holiday for Lunar New Year. She was also instrumental in securing noise monitors and establishing a community roundtable to address increased airplane noise over Queens. Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside section of the borough, Grace graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer. Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons – Tyler and Brandon – and her dog, Bounce.


KCCD Board Co-Chair/Senior Pastor Joong-Ang Korean Church

Rev. Young Hoon Lee Senior Pastor Yoido Full Gospel Church

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1000 INITIATIVE

For too long, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have been portrayed as a silent minority in the public sphere. It is time for our community to speak up. There is strength in numbers. By joining together, we can make our voices count in the halls of Congress, the White House, and upper echelons of corporate America, and create greater access to our nation’s leaders. KCCD invites you to join our 1000 Initiative, a national, nonpartisan network of committed AAPI Christian leaders to speak

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with a unified voice in the public sphere: to bear witness, to advocate, and to seek partnerships that specifically address our community’s unique challenges. You will receive information and invitations to events, discussions and offerings and be connected with other great leaders.

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Many churches have a vision to impact the world and bring transformation to their communities but they often give up before they start as they are often limited in their capacity to navigate the broader community and leverage outside resources and partnerships. The church community is in need of leadership development training, access and information, as well as technical assistance for service delivery and use of resources. To address this need, KCCD is launching our 5-2 Vision Network Program to implement at our partnering churches. In John 6: 9-14, a young man had five barley loaves and two small fish to feed a crowd of 5,000 men. Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks, distributing it amongst the disciples and teaching them how to create abundance out of scarcity. Unlike the little boy, the disciples became overwhelmed by the number of people who needed feeding when they saw what they did not have versus the little boy who identified and focused on what he had. The 5-2 Vision Network works to take the “five barley loaves and two fish” of each church and train how to leverage these resources to build capacity and serve the community and congregation. The 5-2 Vision Network will provide churches with connections to resources and decision makers as well as provide access to trainings on fundraising, grant writing, community service, advocacy and public relations.

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Speaker Biographies

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES Séan Bennett, Director, Marketing and Outreach Homeownership Preservation Office, U.S. Department of the Treasury Séan Bennett leads Marketing and Outreach efforts for the Homeownership Preservation Office at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Bennett joined Treasury in January 2013 to promote the Making Home Affordable® Program (MHA), a key part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. In his role, Bennett leverages more than 25 years of communications leadership on digital strategy initiatives, advises on strategic communications matters, and engages local and national organizations to increase public awareness. Previously, Bennett was a senior manager with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), providing project management and strategic communications leadership for NCRC’s advocacy and financial empowerment activities. Bennett’s early career experience also includes spending 16 years in the Corporate Communications and Development unit of NeighborWorks® America, a federally appropriated nonprofit created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts. For over two decades, Bennett’s work has been grounded in communications and community development.

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Mark Brinkmoeller, Director Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, U.S. Agency for International Development Mark Brinkmoeller leads developing high-level strategic partnerships within the faith, NGO and related industry communities to increase the effectiveness and reach of ones advocacy efforts. He manages relationships with faith-motivated artists and on partnerships for ones Living Proof Project. On the national scene, Mark served on the International & Domestic policy committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the CRS advisory board. He served on the board ROUNDTABLE, the national association of diocesan social action directors for six years, including three years as chair. He was a founding board member of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (now Interfaith Worker Justice). Brinkmoeller lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife Sara and daughter, Imogen Clare.

Galen Carey, Vice President Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, is responsible for representing the NAE to Congress, the White House and the courts. He works to advance the approach and principles of the NAE document, “For the Health of the Nation.” Galen is the son of long-time missionaries to the Philippines, where he grew up on the island of Cebu. Before joining the NAE staff, Carey was a longtime employee of World Relief, the relief and development arm of the NAE, serving in Croatia, Mozambique, Kenya, Indonesia and Burundi. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. Galen is the co-author with Leith Anderson of the recently released “Faith in the Voting Booth: Practical Wisdom for Voting Well,” published in March, 2016 by Harper Collins Zondervan. You can follow Galen on Twitter @GalenCarey.


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Juliet K. Choi became USCIS Chief of Staff on July 9, 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Choi was the chief of staff and senior advisor for the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 2006 to 2011, Choi worked with the American Red Cross, National Headquarters, serving as a member of the Disaster Services executive leadership team in the capacity of senior director for disaster partnerships. From 2004 to 2006, Choi served at the Asian American Justice Center as the inaugural NAPABA Partners Community Law Fellow and staff attorney. She also spent seven years with the corporate division of Gannett Broadcasting (1992-1999) and subsequently as policy director with the National Mental Health Association (1999-2000). A certified mediator, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney (retired) of the Circuit Court for Howard County, Maryland (2003-2004).

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Juliet K. Choi, Chief of Staff

Adam Estle, National Field Director National Immigration Forum Adam Estle brings a great diversity of experience in the world of immigration to his role as the National Field Director with the National Immigration Forum. A former high school Spanish teacher, Adam previously directed a federally funded program providing housing and care for unaccompanied immigrant children. Before that, he worked as the lead faith organizer for the Forum’s Bibles, Badges, and Business initiative throughout the Mountain West. Adam has also practiced immigration law under accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals at LifeBridge Community Alliance and Neighborhood Ministries, both in Phoenix, AZ, where he lives with his wife Kendra and their four children. Adam has an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in Spanish Education from Olivet Nazarene University.

Parivar International Sam is of Asian Indian descent and have lived in Singapore, Hong Kong and Liverpool (UK). He has lived in the US for nearly twenty-five years and have served as youth pastor, community leader and scholar. Sam holds degrees in engineering and business, and worked in the corporate world for nearly ten years before going to Fuller and Princeton seminaries. Over the last fifteen years, he has served South Asian American churches and communities in different capacities. In 2014, he completed a PhD on diaspora missiology from the UK and is an expert on family, migration and South Asian issues. Sam is a frequent speaker in Asian American churches and conferences, and is the author of several books, including Understanding the Coconut Generation and Malayali Diaspora. He lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two boys.

Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary Veterans’ Employment and Training, Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Labor Ms. Gerton brings 28 years of service as both an active duty Army officer and a civilian member of the Senior Executive Service. She has a broad range of experience in all aspects of Defense resource and logistics management at various organizational levels, driving process efficiencies and optimizing information systems. Most recently, Ms. Gerton worked for The Cohen Group, a Washington, DC consulting company. Prior to joining Cohen, she served for eight years as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Defense. Most recently, she was the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General of Army Materiel Command. There, she was responsible for the daily operations of over 70,000 civilian and 1,500 military employees around the world. Prior to that, she served as AMC’s financial controller for three years. She also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation where she was responsible for executing all aspects of the development of the OSD Future Years Defense Plan and submitting the plan to Congress. Ms. Gerton graduated from the United States Military Academy and earned an MBA from Duke University. She earned the Distinguished Presidential Rank award in 2011 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank award in 2008. She also received the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2011.

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Hyepin Im, KCCD President / CEO Korean Churches for Community Development Ms. Hyepin Im is the President and Founder of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a national nonprofit involved in empowering churches to leverage their resource by building capacity, leadership, and partnerships in economic development and serving as a bridge between the Korean/Asian American community and the greater community at large. Since its inception in 2001,KCCD has had over 200 partners ranging from the White House to Fortune 500 companies in implementing many successful initiatives including educating over 7000 homebuyers and assisting homeowners receive over $1.4 million in downpayment, saving over $83 millions in assets from foreclosure, partnering with both FDIC and Freddie Mac in developing Korean curriculum in financial literacy and homeownership, implementing a historic $5 million U.S. Department of Labor workforce development program, and hosting joint conferences with the White House and the U.S. Department of HUD to mobilize the 4000 Korean American churches for economic development. Ms. Im is a frequent speaker who has been on CNN, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and NPR, and at numerous conferences including the White House, U.S. Department of Labor, Christian Community Development Association, and Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Her previous work includes venture capitalist for Renaissance Capital Partners, Sponsorship Manager for California Science Center, and Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young. She has a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley, M.B.A. from USC, and M.Div. at Wesley Theological Seminary with Summa Cum Laude. She is a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Chris Kang, National Director The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

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Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, a coalition of 35 national Asian Pacific American organizations. Prior to that, he served almost seven years in the White House as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama; Senior Counsel to the President; and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In the White House Counsel’s Office, he was in charge of the selection, vetting and confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees and also advised the President on commutations and executive clemency. In the Office of Legislative Affairs, Chris led the legislative outreach and strategy for the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, the Senate’s successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the reduction of the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. He also has worked for U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), including four years running the floor operations in the Office of the Assistant Democratic Leader. Chris is a second-generation Korean American. His father, Young Woo Kang, was the first blind Korean person to earn a Ph.D. and was an international disability rights pioneer; his mother, Kyoung Sook Kang, continues to aid people with visual impairments.

David Kyuman Kim, Professor Department of Religious Studies and American Studies, Connecticut College David Kyuman Kim is Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Connecticut College, where is served as the Inaugural Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. Kim is author of Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics, and has written widely on race, religion, and public life. He has served as Senior Advisor to the Social Science Research Council’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere, as well as Editor-at-Large of The Immanent Frame, the SSRC’s blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere. In 2009, he was the Inaugural Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Brown University. Kim is host of the dialogue series Love-Driven Politics on MeaningofLife.tv and co-convener of the Love-Driven Politics Collective, a cohort of scholars, artists, and activists seeking to cultivate a political culture animated by compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and generosity. His current book project is The Public Life of Love.

Sam Koh, Founder/Lead Pastor NextGen Pastor’s Fellowship/Hillside Church Rev. Sam Koh is the Lead Pastor of Hillside Church in East Los Angeles. His unique ministry focuses on developing a multi-ethnic congregation by reaching out and inviting his neighboring community of El Sereno to join, worship and fellowship with the pre-existing Korean Immigrant congregation. He is the Founder of NexGen Pastor’s fellowship, an organization that seeks to help Korean-American pastors thrive and reach their capacity, and is also a board member of ISAAC (Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity). He is a strong advocate for social justice and is devoted to taking care of the homeless and the marginalized in the East Los Angeles area. In addition to spiritually, relationally and physically supporting the homeless near his church, Sam’s last innovative project provided portable showers for the homeless in the East Los Angeles vicinity.

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FASTech Inc. / KoBE Government Contracting Alliance Matthew Lee founded FASTech Inc. in 1990. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Mr. Lee has guided the growth of FASTech from its inception to its current position as a well regarded business serving the BaltimoreWashington corridor. He has overseen the Company’s growth in many technical and administrative areas and has enabled FASTech, Inc. to build a strong reputation by providing quality Information Technology (IT) products and services to Federal, State and Local Agencies, and commercial clients. Under Mr. Lee’s leadership, FASTech now offers a wide range of services including custom application and database design, network engineering and desktop support, web technologies, digital audiovisual technologies, project management, facilities management, and cyber security. For the past four years, Mr. Lee has been the President of KoBE Government Contracting Alliance; a non-profit organization with a diversity partner’s network, which shares combined resources with more than two hundred minority owned and operated businesses spread throughout the U.S. KoBE, is committed to advancing economic empowerment, sharing knowledge, and assisting other diversity small businesses. Recently, Mr. Lee serviced on Larry Hogan’s (Governor, State of Maryland) Governor’s transition team and was appointed for a four-year term on TEDCO Board of Directors Secretary. TEDCO, was created by the Maryland State Legislature in 1998 to facilitate the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the marketplace and to assist in the creation and growth of technology-based businesses in all regions of the State. Finally, Mr. Lee is President of the Maryland International Development Center (MDIDC) for the bilateral trade and investment globally.

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Matthew Lee, CEO/President

Traci G. Lee, Digital Editorial Manager NBC Asian America Traci G. Lee is the Digital Editorial Manager for NBC Asian America, where she oversees the country’s largest English-language Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) news source, and executive producer of “NBC Asian America Presents…,” a video channel containing documentary series focused on AAPI issues, themes, and voices. She is currently based in New York City and holds degrees in literary journalism and global cultures from the University of California, Irvine.

U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 6th District U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her first term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Grace is the first Asian-American Member of Congress from New York, and the only Representative of Asian descent on the entire east coast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. During her first term in the House, Grace scored several legislative victories, an unusual accomplishment for a new Member of Congress. Her first major legislative effort, to allow federal disaster funds to be used for rebuilding houses of worship damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, passed the House just six weeks after she was sworn in to Congress. She also secured passage of her bill to reduce the massive backlog of veterans’ disability claims, as well as legislation that better protects American diplomats serving overseas, in the wake of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. In addition, the House approved her measure to make the desecration of cemeteries a violation of religious freedom. Born in Corona, Queens, and raised in the Bayside section of the borough, Grace graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer. Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons – Tyler and Brandon – and her dog, Bounce.

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Steve Miska retired after 25 years of service in the military. His last assignment was three years as the Army Chair at the Marine Corps University. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Previously, he served in the White House as a Director for Iraq on the National Security Council, focusing on security aspects of the Iraq portfolio. He has published articles on protecting local allies during conflict. In 2007 Steve led a team that established an underground railroad for dozens of interpreters from Baghdad to Amman to the United States. He currently serves as a consultant for the Global Peace Foundation having performed research about radicalization and is actively involved in the First Amendment Voice campaign to reinvigorate citizen awareness and appreciation for the principles espoused in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

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Floyd Mori, President & CEO Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) S. Floyd Mori was born in Murray, Utah, of parents who were immigrants from Japan. Mori has held various local and national positions for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), including four years as National President and four years as Vice President. He joined the JACL staff in 2005 and was Director of Public Policy in Washington, D.C, followed by the assignment to become the National Executive Director/CEO of the JACL. He retired from that position on June 1, 2012, and received the title of Executive Director Emeritus. He has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. He is currently the President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). He is a member and supporter of many civil rights and community organizations. He has received various awards, including Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award from OCA National, Community Leadership Award from APAICS, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Award from the Government of Japan. He has held many church and civic volunteer positions including in youth sports, the Boy Scouts, and inner-city service work. He is a sports fan and an avid golfer. He has spoken numerous times over the years to various groups about the Japanese American and Asian American experience. He has a book published entitled, The Japanese American Story As Told Through a Collection of Speeches and Articles. He has written several ebooks including Bullying Is Not Just a Kids’ Problem: It’s a Matter of Civil Rights and In the Aftermath of the Tsunami: Photos From the Japan Tsunami, among others.

Mee Moua, President and Executive Director Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

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Mee Moua is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. Founded in 1991, Advancing Justice | AAJC is one of the nation’s premier civil rights advocacy organizations and works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans, and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Most recently, Ms. Moua was a three-term Minnesota State Senator, where she chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and had oversight responsibility for all state agencies in matter related to criminal, civil and administrative law and procedures. Ms. Moua started her legal career in private practice in Minnesota. Born in Laos, Ms. Moua immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. She attended Brown University as an undergraduate, earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Paul Murray, Vice President Global Peace Foundation Dr. Paul Murray is an award winning author and internationally sought after speaker and minister. Dr. Murray serves as the Vice President of the Global Peace Foundation and Senior Pastor of the Lighthouse Church. An ordained minister serving in ministry for more than twenty years, Dr. Murray holds his ministerial credentials with One Way Churches International (OWCI). A former Peace Corps Volunteer to the country of Tunisia, Dr. Murray has built upon his years of community service and volunteerism to exemplify the qualities of Servant Leadership. He serves on several national and regional non-profit boards, and has received numerous awards for his community and ministry works. Dr. Murray holds a Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Leadership from Howard University’s School of Divinity, a Master of Divinity and a Master of Art in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services from the University of Phoenix.

Charles B. Rangel, Congressman U.S. House of Representatives, New York, 13th District Charles B. Rangel, war hero, history-making congressman, master lawmaker. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Now serving his 23rd term in the House of Representatives, he was the primary sponsor of President Obama’s historic healthcare reform law and is a leading advocate for equal rights and opportunity. Following Saint Matthew’s teaching, he has been a stalwart champion for the “least among us,” dedicated to improving the lives of working families. He was first elected to Congress in 1970, after serving in the New York State Assembly and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Rep Rangel is a veteran of the Korean War, where he earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He and his wife, Alma, reside in Harlem where he was born. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.


U.S. House of Representatives, California, 39th District U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R) is serving his eleventh term in Congress representing California’s 39th District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He and his wife, Marie, are longtime residents of Fullerton, CA. Almost 30% of the residents of Royce’s district are of AAPI descent, and Congressman Royce is one of the premier advocates in our nation’s capitals for the interests of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Royce’s priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare. For the 113th Congress, Royce was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Congressman Royce has consistently championed partnerships between the United States and nations of the Pacific, and has been a strong advocate for the victims of human rights abuses in Asia. In 2004, he was an original co-sponsor of the North Korean Human Rights act, which was signed into law to promote human rights in North Korea and protect North Korean refugees. Royce has also been long-been involved in calling attention to the abysmal human rights conditions in Vietnam. He has worked on several important pieces of legislation to promote religious freedom and democracy in that nation, including the Freedom of Information in Vietnam Act, the Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act and the Vietnam Human Rights Act.

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Ed Royce, Congressman

Dr. Jannah Scott, Deputy Director Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Tony Suárez, Executive Vice President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Rev. Tony Suárez serves as Executive Vice President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, serving 40,118 congregations in the United States and Puerto Rico and 500,000 congregations globally. Newsmax has named him as one of the 50 “Most influential Latino Republicans” in the United States. Rev. Suarez has been featured on CNN, TBN, Telemundo, Univision, Mundo Fox, NBC Latino, WGN, CBN, Charisma, The Christian Post and other print media. Rev. Suarez can be seen weekly via his program on TBN Salsa, “Faith Alive” and as host of “Praise the Lord” Salsa. Rev. Suarez was honored to be Congressman Luis Gutierrez’s guest to the Presidential State of the Union address in January of 2014. He is also an author of the book “Use Me Lord”. (2012). In 2007 he and his wife founded The Pentecostals of Norfolk church in Virginia where they served as Senior Pastors until 2013. During their pastorate Rev. Suarez founded The Norfolk Learning Center, in collaboration with Regent University’s Youth and Urban Renewal Center. Rev. Suarez, his wife Jessica, and their three children reside in Virginia.

Mark Takano, Congressman U.S. House of Representatives, California, 41st District For more than twenty years, Mark Takano has worked to improve the lives of Riverside County residents, both as an elected official and as a teacher at Rialto High School. During his first term, Mark returned more than $2 million in benefits to constituents and veterans, advocated for immigration reform, toured more than 100 businesses, increased VA medical residency slots, and worked to keep federal funding for the Perris Valley Line during the 2013 government shutdown. In his second term, Mark will continue supporting legislation that will grow our local economy, lower the cost of housing, support veterans, improve our education system, protect Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and invest in local infrastructure projects. In 1990, Mark was elected to the Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees. At RCC, Mark worked with Republicans and Democrats to improve higher education for young people and job training opportunities for adults seeking to learn a new skill or start a new career. He was elected Board President in 1991 and helped the Board and the District gain stability and direction amid serious fiscal challenges.

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Jannah Scott has served in many capacities with government, faith and the nonprofit community for the past 35 years. In March of 2009, Jannah joined President Obama’s administration as Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that role, Jannah guides the engagement of faith-based and community groups on issues of emergency preparedness, community resilience, and other issues within Homeland Security. Her most recent endeavors include: modeling “whole community” engagement in crisis management; and development of policies, standards and protocols for government work with private sector groups.. Jannah also helps groups connect with President Obama’s White House Office for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships and the 14 other centers in federal Departments. Jannah received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and an honorary doctorate from the Gateway International Bible College in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Piyachat Terrell, Pathways Programs Officer AAPI Special Emphasis Program Manager, National Recruitment and Outreach Specialist U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Piyachat Terrell has over 25 years of experience in the federal government with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. She is in charge of the student program at the US EPA. Piyachat is committed to building effective partnerships with AAPI serving institutions to support students. Piyachat works closely with the AAPIs to address environmental challenges in their communities. During the Katrina aftermath, while serving as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on AAPIs, Piyachat was instrumental in mediating meetings between the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Vietnamese community in New Orleans East regarding the controversial Chef Menteur Landfill. As a result of the meetings, the State of Louisiana agreed to close down the Landfill, bringing the victory to the Vietnamese community. During the BP Oil Spill, Piyachat helped organized the first public meeting for the fisher folks and the EPA Deputy Administrator ensuring full community participation. Piyachat is also an art advocate who believes in the power of social and environmental change through art. At the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Piyachat presented photographs taken by children of the fisher folks on the Talkstory stage. Piyachat shared personal stories of fisher folk youths ensuring that their voices were heard. Piyachat’s current work focuses on women and children issues, a selection of her work is devoted to raising visibility of targeted and victimized hill tribe children in Thailand. As an environmental artist, Piyachat works with recycled materials.

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Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a non-profit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and web site which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. Wallis has written ten books, including The (Un) Common Good and the New York Times bestsellers God’s Politics and The Great Awakening. He is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad, has written for major newspapers, does regular columns for Huffington Post and TIME.com, and appears frequently on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and NPR; on shows from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show to the O’Reilly Factor and Sunday shows like This Week and Meet the Press. Wallis also teaches at Georgetown University and has taught at Harvard University. He served on President Obama’s first White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and as the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.

Lisa Coffman, Program Specialist Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Lisa Coffman is a Program Specialist in the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). SNAPS is the office that manages HUD’s homeless programs. Her primary role as Program Specialist is serving as Desk Officer for the State of Illinois. In addition to her Desk Officer role, she is SNAPS’ subject matter expert on domestic violence, human trafficking and HIV/AIDS. Her work as subject matter expert includes responsibility for ensuring the needs of those populations are addressed within HUD’s homeless programs and the coordination and intersection of those populations within mainstream homeless service systems. Before coming to HUD in 2010, Lisa was responsible for the City of Evansville (Indiana’s) CBDG, HOME and ESG funding, served as the Director of Programs for the Indiana State Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was a senior staff member at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. She has over 20 years experience in affordable housing, community development and HIV/AIDS programs and services. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success (Indianapolis), the Damien Center, which is the largest AIDS service organization in Indiana and the Evansville (Indiana) African American Museum.

Jamie Kim, Founder & Senior Pastor Core Community Church Dr. W. Jamie Kim is a Founder and Senior Pastor of Core Community Church in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. He was born in South Korea and came to the United States in 1971 at the age of 16 and earned his BA in Economics from University of Maryland and pursued MBA at American University in Washington D.C. prior to his decision to become a pastor. He received his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, and Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, IL. He has also served as Founder and Senior Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church which he and his wife started with 17 people and watched it grow to 3,000 in 23 years while he served there. In the last 35 years he has traveled extensively both in the States and abroad serving as an international speaker in over 35 countries.


Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Paula A. Lincoln is the Director, Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role Ms. Lincoln provides leadership, direction and supervision of Center staff; responsible for leading the Center to develop and execute targeted, strategically-focused projects for faith-and community based organizations seeking to partner with HUD to address the housing and community development needs of low-income communities. Prior to this position, Ms. Lincoln served in a number of high-profile positions at HUD since 2001 requiring her legal, management and organizational expertise, including Associate General Counsel for Human Resources Law, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Ethics, Assistant General Counsel for Ethics and Chief Performance Management Officer. She previously worked as an attorney for 16 years at the U.S. Department of Labor, and served in the White House Counsel’s Office advising senior officials on ethics-related matters. Ms. Lincoln successfully completed HUD’s Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidates Program, a highly-selective training program that grooms distinguished federal employees for positions of higher responsibility within Senior Executive Service, and has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2007. She is a graduate of The American University and Howard University School of Law.

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Paula A. Lincoln, Director

Erika L. Moritsugu, Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

David Kim, Deputy Administrator Federal Highway Administration David S. Kim was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on Feb. 8, 2016, by President Barack Obama and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. In his new role, Kim serves as second-in-command for the 2,800-person agency and plays a leadership role in the agency’s daily operations. He also oversees the agency’s implementation of the recently-enacted “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) and co-chairs the U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group and U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee. Additionally, Kim serves as DOT’s representative on the Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For five years, Kim served as the FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs in which he was a principal advisor to the Administrator and managed a team of 75 career employees involved in transportation policy development, legislative analysis, highway data collection and analysis, and international programs. Prior to joining DOT, David spent five years with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) as Deputy Executive Officer, Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. In this capacity, he led the agency’s Government Relations Department and managed federal relations on behalf of one of the largest transit providers in the country. For a decade, Kim served on the staff of numerous elected officials in Los Angeles, Sacramento and the nation’s capital. He spent five years with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) in various capacities, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of his Sacramento office while Becerra served as a California State Assemblyman. Kim began his public service career as a field representative and administrative assistant to State Senator David Roberti. A native of Davis, Calif., David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. David resides in Fairfax County, Va., with his wife Julie and two children, Tessa and Jaisohn.

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Erika Moritsugu joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as its Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in August 2014 after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 30, 2014. Moritsugu most recently served as Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). She previously served as Deputy Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii; held several different roles at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, including Acting Staff Director, Policy Director and Counsel, and Economic Policy Advisor; and practiced international trade, legislative, and immigration law. She has been an active volunteer in the community with organizations focused on community engagement, mentoring, civil rights, veterans, organ donation, domestic violence counseling, and disaster relief. She attended Brandeis University, the College of William and Mary, and George Washington Law School. Erika was born in California and raised in Hawai’i. She now lives on Capitol Hill with her husband, Brian Kernek, and two children, Vianne Leilani and Chester Richard.

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Stephen Broyles, Training and Technical Assistance Manager SAMHSA Grassroots Community and Faith-Based Technical Assistance project Stephen Broyles has 25 years of experience working with community and faith-based organizations that provide health and human services to minority populations. He is a national expert in nonprofit capacity building and is currently serving as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager for the SAMHSA Grassroots Community and Faith-Based Technical Assistance project. In this capacity, he is responsible for coalition development and the design, coordination, and delivery of capacity building activities to all Collaborative sites nationwide. Mr. Broyles has generated over $32.9 million in grant and unrestricted funding for nonprofits through various nonprofit and private sector partnerships. Mr. Broyles also developed and coordinated programs for the Detroit Urban League, International Center for Injury Prevention, Salvation Army, and Ford Motor Company. He directed numerous initiatives addressing health disparities in minority populations, and has served as a national trainer for CSAT focusing on issues of HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, and the co-occurrences of substance abuse and mental health. He coordinated the technical assistance for over 30 SAMHSA faith and community-based collaborations nationwide to reduce substance use and improve mental health services and has assisted the White House Office of Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships increase the enrollment of faith-based participants in the Affordable Care Act. He partnered with the DC Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) to create and secure funding for the Strengthening Community Fund project, which created economic development opportunities for the unemployed/ underemployed in the District through faith and community organizations.

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Christine Chen, the founding executive director from 2006-2008 returned to APIAVote in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure she had strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 22 states. APIAVote’s research and polling of Asian American voters and their regional trainings and field programs have strengthened the local grassroots programs in reaching and mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. Through all these efforts, APIAVote has played a key role in elevating the Asian American and Pacific Islander electorate to an unprecedented national level in recent years. In addition Chen serves as President of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development, and partnerships among the corporate sector, government agencies, and the nonprofit and public sector. Chen is well-known by activists across the county. Her track record in building coalitions and working at the grassroots and national levels established her as one of the strongest voices in the APIA community. Throughout the years with Chen’s multitasking abilities, Chen also was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also served on numerous boards such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Demos Board of Trustees, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, advisory board for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association.

Grace Choi, Policy Advisor Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State Grace Choi is a Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she served as Staff Assistant in the White House Liaison’s Office at the Department of State. She is also a NetKAL Fellow and served on the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership’s (CAPAL) Board of Directors and is Vice Chair for Programs. Prior to her political appointment at the Department of State, Grace worked for the Council of Korean Americans (CKA), where she helped to create a greater platform for Korean American voices at the national level, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) in Congresswoman Judy Chu’s office, the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC), President Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Refugee Affairs Division. Grace is a Robertson Foundation for Government Fellow and graduated from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Grace is a proud southerner who hails from metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

Rita Flegel, Director Office of HIV/AIDS Housing at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Rita Flegel is the Director of HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing. Prior to joining the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing last year, Rita worked for more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector developing and operating housing and supportive programs for special needs populations including PLWHA and people experiencing chronic homelessness.

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White House Initiative on U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Reva Gupta is a Foreign Service Officer on detail from the U.S. Department of State. Reva is a Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, focusing on immigration policy.At the State Department, Reva has served overseas in New Delhi, India and Mexico City, Mexico and domestically in the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration and the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Prior to joining the State Department, Reva worked for over a decade on comprehensive immigration reform. Beginning at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Chicago, where she also served on the board of the Asian American Institute (now Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago), she then went to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s office in DC. Reva worked in both the women’s rights movements and the labor movements to highlight the needs of immigrant women and immigrant workers in the push for comprehensive immigration reform. She organized immigrant communities in the southern and southwestern parts of the United States for the Immigrant Worker Freedom Rides and New American Freedom Summer and joined the staff of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Reva received her Bachelor in Arts at the University of Maryland in English Literature with a focus on post-colonial theory.

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Reva Gupta, Senior Policy Advisor

Darlene Hutto, Director White House Initiative on U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs The Reverend Darlene Hutto is an ordained Itinerate Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is currently employed with the Forum for Theological Exploration, a non-profit organization that advocates excellence and diversity in pastoral leadership and theological scholarship. Darlene serves as the Director of Grants and Fellowships, in her role she provides planning and leadership for Regional Discernment Retreats for Young Adults in Discernment of Call and Vocation and oversees the organization’s grant initiatives for Pastoral Leaders and Congregations that notice, name and nurture the next generation of young leaders. Darlene holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from Wilberforce University.

San Francisco State University Dr. Russell Jeung is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Author of Sustaining Faith Traditions (2012) and Faithful Generations (2005), he has written extensively on the Asian American religious experience. His latest work-inprogress is a spiritual memoir based on his twenty years of urban ministry in East Oakland, CA.

Mark Keam, Delegate Virginia House of Delegates 35th District Mark Keam represents Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2009, Mark became the first Asian immigrant elected to hold state-level office in Virginia. As a third term legislator with a reputation for bipartisanship and effectiveness, Mark focuses on creating jobs, improving schools, addressing traffic gridlocks, reducing burdens on businesses, strengthening social safety nets, and making the government more accountable. Mark serves on Commerce, Education, Finance, and Agriculture Committees. Several bills he authored have become law in Virginia, including green jobs tax credit, healthcare jobs for military veterans, property tax relief for elderly homeowners, food allergy safety training, sales tax fraud prevention and prisoner reentry reforms. Born in Seoul, Korea, Mark spent his childhood in South Vietnam until just before that country fell to communism. His family then moved to Australia before settling in America when Mark was a teenager. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine and Hastings College of the Law.

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Richard Kim, President Korean American UMM (United Methodist Men) Richard Kim is National President of Korean American UMM (United Methodist Men) and was Immediate President of California Pacific Annual Conference. He is actively engaging in broad issues such as social justice and mental health for the community and involved with several key UMC leader groups.

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Woogie Kim, KCCD Board Co-Chair / Director Biola Univeristy Woogie Daniel Kim is a board member of KCCD, the Director of Development and International Relations at Biola University, the Lead Pastor of English Ministry at Torrance Good Shepherd Church and a co-founder of South Bay Together. For the past twenty years, he as devoted himself to defining and living out the gospel of Jesus Christ for the young Christians in South Bay area, promoting celebration of unity through diversity in the Kingdom of God, bringing churches together for the cause of social justice in both local and global communities. More recently, he has been devoting most of his time and energy to raising scholarship funds for missionaries’ children for college, bringing together churches to help homeless children in school, and helping refugee children from Myanmar in Thailand. southerner who hails from metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

Christina Li, East Asia and Pacific Advisor Secretary’s Office for Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State Christina Li is the East Asia and Pacific Advisor for the Secretary’s Office for Religion and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining RGA, Christina served as a Senior Program Manager, also at the State Department. Her extensive engagement with civil society and government representatives across the globe, as both a USG official and microfinance practitioner, has given her many examples that illustrate the importance of incorporating religious stakeholder perspectives in formulating effective and robust policies. Before her microfinance and government service, Christina specialized in marketing and risk analysis for start-up and Fortune 500 companies.

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MSNBC / NBC News Richard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC / NBC News. Before that at CNN Worldwide in 2007, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in the U.S. Lui recently reported from Paris and San Bernadino on the terror attacks and Ferguson and Baltimore on racial unrest. Lui’s charitable and philanthropic work spans 30 years and six continents. He is UN Spokesperson for its HeForShe campaign, U.S. State Dept. Traveling Speaker, and ambassador for several NGOs in gender equality. He is ranked in the top 1% of social media users by Twitter Counter, and Business Insider named Lui one of 21 careers to watch alongside Warren Buffett and Sheryl Sandberg. Lui attributes much of his sensibilities to his father who was one of the first AAPIs to graduate from Fuller Seminary in California in the 1950s.

Brian R. Sims, Senior Director Medical and Behavioral Health for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Brian Sims is currently the Senior Director of Medical and Behavioral Health for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, as well as an ongoing consultant for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC). A psychiatrist who has worked in forensics and corrections, Dr. Sims has previously worked as a Staff Psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services, an organization serving the mental health needs of inmates in 60 detention centers in 10 states. In that role, he was responsible for the provision of care for more than 3,000 inmates in need of mental health. As a consultant with NCTIC, he has provided lectures and trainings for staff, consumers, and administration in the United States, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, as well as Atsugi, Japan, on the practice of trauma-informed care, its applications, and the neurobiology of trauma for many years. Before joining Correctional Mental Health Care Services, he was the Senior Director for Behavioral and Mental Health for health care management company (Conmed Healthcare Management), where he was responsible for the development of core strategic planning for the company’s correctional mental health provisions in nine states. Prior to this, Dr. Sims served in the State Mental Health System for 25 years, as well as private practice.


Medical and Behavioral Health for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Diana Yu serves as the Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this capacity, Diana leads the Interagency Working Group, provides administrative oversight, and supports the education portfolio at the Initiative. Prior to this, Diana was an educational program specialist with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. She specialized in monitoring state educational agencies’ management of special education programs with an emphasis on fiscal systems. She served as an expert in the areas of discipline and fiscal systems and also completed a detail at the Initiative while at OSEP. Previously, Diana was a special education teacher who taught students with disabilities in the areas of emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and mental retardation K-12. She also held leadership roles including mathematics department chairperson and technology lead teacher. In these roles she helped transform the teaching practices at her school by training colleagues on ways to innovatively provide classroom accommodations and modifications to curricula. Her middle school students were the first in the school’s history to pass the Standards of Learning (statewide) assessment in Algebra. Diana also has extensive international educational experiences through short term trips to Mexico, Korea, and Kenya. Diana received her Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Psychology and Master of Education degree magna cum laude in Special Education from George Mason University. She is currently working on her Doctoral degree at the George Washington University in the Leaders for System Change program within the Special Education program.

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Diana Yu, Chief of Staff

Jinha Park, KCCD Board Member

John Jongdai Park, KCCD Board Co-Chair / Senior Pastor Joong-Ang Presbyterian Church Rev. John Jongdai Park is an ordained pastor and advocate for Korean immigrants. He is originally from South Korea and came to the States in 1982, where he attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Rev. Park served as the past President for The Council of Korean Churches in Southern California. He also currently the Chairman of KCCD and of the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation of America as well as Co-Chair of the Board of Korean Churches for Community Development. Rev. John Park is currently in Los Angeles California where he continues to serve as Head Pastor of Joong-Ang Presbyterian Church in Hollywood.

Herman Martir, President Asian Action Network and Asian Prayer Network Aside from being pastor of a multi-ethnic church in Fort Worth, Texas, Herman is also the president of Asian Action Network and Asian Prayer Network, organizations aiming to strategically connect, empower and mobilize the Asian-American Christians to pray and work together with moral and professional excellence, to see reformation in America. As a Filipino-American, Herman works to continue the legacy of his grandfathers, who died to help defend the freedom of America, by calling Asian-Americans to a moral duty to love God and country. He speaks in Asian-American communities in different parts of the nation and engages them to participate by standing up for biblical values and to become leaders who make a meaningful difference in America. Herman is also the founder of Emerging Leaders Int’l., a coalition of leaders working together to bring transformation in the 7 spheres of society (Church, Family, Government, Education, Media, Entertainment and Business). Herman travels across America and other nations to raise up the next generation by: recognizing leadership calling, encouraging them to exercise their individual gifts, mentoring and equipping them to bring Godly influence in their generation, resulting in societal transformation.

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Dr. Jinha Park was recently the Director of MRI and Radiology Research at the City of Hope Medical Center. He is active in the American College of Radiology working to improve access to imaging screening tests and increase the role of diagnostic and interventional radiology in improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. He is also a Board Member of the Korean American Coalition and the Korean American Medical Association. Dr. Park obtained his B.A. degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He then completed both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Southern California studying a specific tumor associated protein called HER-2 in breast cancer and developing an antibody against this cancer protein for future diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. He then completed a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCLA Medical Center and a Fellowship in Abdominal Cancer Imaging at Stanford University Medical Center.

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Lauren Erickson-Mamane, Senior Advisor, Faith Initiative US Peace Corps Lauren Erickson-Mamane is Peace Corps’ first Faith Based Advisor. In this role she is working to engage communities of faith that connect to Peace Corps’ mission and to collaborate with faith-based organizations that wish to work with the Peace Corps through all of the phases of engagement for Volunteers—from recruitment, to their years of service, to their lives when they return to the United States. Lauren is a seasoned public health professional with over 18 years of international development experience. She previously served as the Country Director for Peace Corps Togo, the Director of Programming and Training for both Peace Corps Zambia and Benin, as well as the Associate Peace Corps Director (APCD) for Health and Environment with Peace Corps Benin. Lauren earned a MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and is a RPCV from Niger (1997-2000).

Tiffani Moore, Senior Affordable Housing Specialist Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs), Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) at HUD Tiffani Moore is a Senior Affordable Housing Specialist in the Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP) at HUD and is the Office’s subject matter expert on Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). In her nearly 9 year tenure at HUD, Tiffani has been the Team Lead of the Continuum of Care Program Regulations and Policy Team in the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs at HUD and a Community Planning & Development Representative in the Richmond, VA Field Office. Prior to joining HUD, Tiffani was a Planner for the Harris County, TX Community and Economic Development Department and an intern for the Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee, 18th District – Texas. A native of Houston, TX, Tiffani received a Bachelor’s Degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.

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Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO Global Policy Solutions LLC The Founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions LLC, a social change strategy firm, and the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a nonprofit think and action organization, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore is dedicated to making policy work for people and their environments. With more than twenty years of experience in the government, not for profit, and business sectors, Rockeymoore has directed successful research and advocacy strategies for an array of nonprofit, philanthropic, academic and corporate clients. The recipient of many honors, she was named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow in 2004. Rockeymoore has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN among other media outlets.


Migrant Heritage FIL-AM Dance Ensemble A performing arts ensemble of talented youth and adults from various Fil-Am groups for high profile cultural events in the U.S. capital region and neighboring states, such as the National Cherry Blossoms Festival, Asia Heritage Foundation’s FIESTA ASIA, TTOA’s Asian Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, , Dance Asia, International Migrant Heritage Festival and America’s National Independence Day Parade . The group is under the artistic direction of MHC’s Co-Executive Director and Phil.Embassy’s former Cultural Officer/Attache’ Grace Valera and with the new Choreographer Dennis Hona, The performers bring the vibrant, exotic and diverse cultures of the Philippines in venues/ institutions like the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, the Philippine Embassy etc. The group under MHC’s Cultural Resource Program was a Grantee of the DC Commission on the Arts from 2006 to 2009. Its young members are trained to be leaders of tomorrow and are sent as MHC youth delegates to the World Youth Assembly at the United Nations (UN) in New York. The group is MIGRANT HERITAGE COMMISSION’S cultural Arm and it has popularized TINIKLING bamboo dance and its fusion variations in the U.S. capital region.

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It is time for the Asian American church to wake up. The church, for many Asian Americans, and in my experience, for Korean Americans, is a central part of our life and identity. We have yet to use the enormous strength we’ve developed as a community to make the world a better place. But we can and we should.

Sam Yoon President, Council of Korean Americans

KCCD has been the leading cause for community development among the Asian and Non Asian community. It has given hope for many who are struggling with life’s physical issues!

KCCD has been the leading cause for community development among the Asian and Non Asian community. It has given hope for many who are struggling with life’s physical issues!

Misi Tagaloa Pastor, Second Samoan Congregational Church

It’s time for change for the Asian-American church. At this hinge point in history, when its immigration rates are set to become the nation’s highest, and as its people begin to step onto the stage of American life (both political and economic), it’s time for the Asian-American church to find its voice. I’m glad that Hyepin and KCCD are rallying the church, at such a time as this, to begin this process. May this week’s meetings kickstart this process for us!

Dr.Younghoon Lee Senior Pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church

I am very grateful to pray for the key issues facing the API community with fellow believers and then to advocate on our community’s behalf.

Russell Jeung Professor, San Francisco State University

I am so thankful for KCCD’s catalytic role in gathering together and empowering the AAPI Christian community for civil engagement. KCCD’s generous and inclusive manner has united a very diverse community and will serve to create a broad base for long term partnerships for public discipleship.

Daniel D. Lee Associate Director, Asian American Initiative (AAI) Fuller Theological Seminary

The KCCD Summit will be an opportunity for churches, small businesses, and the non-profits organizations in the API communities to create public and private collaboration and awareness to bridge the main stream issues faced in America.

Sojung Lim President, Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area

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Ken Kong Director, Southeast Asian Catalyst, The Navigators

It is my sincere prayer that KCCD will broaden its horizon in the 8th National Lighting the Community Summit / the White House Briefing and reach out to the potential leaders in Korean churches in the U.S. I envision that KCCD will become the major voice of the next generation Korean Christians.

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ENDORSEMENTS & TESTIMONIALS

John Lo Lead Pastor, Epicentre Church

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KCCD’s Lighting the Community a Summit is a critical convening leading AAPI Christians to find and establish its collective voice in the public sphere. This is important, not merely for the sake of finding our voice, but because God has given us gifts and perspectives to offer to bless his people and display his awesome creation. In gathering around our rich ethnic identity and loving cross of Christ, we find empowerment and more of his glory together.

Sam Koh Leader of Hillside EM at LACPC and Founder of NexGen Pastors Fellowship

Shela Jeong Associate, Partnership for Public Service I am proud to be a Community Ambassador for KCCD as they have opened unprecedented doors for the Korean American community to connect, network, and work together in a rapidly changing and globalizing world. As Koreans make up the largest diaspora in the world, the annual Summit has created a platform for Korean Diaspora Community leaders to to partner and work together towards a reunified North and South Korea.

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Steve Sun Cho Lead Pastor, Ocean City Church KCCD is doing work that few in the Asian American faith community are equipped to do, providing a much needed bridge between our community and national interests at large. Under the leadership of Hyepin and Jin, the organization has done a tremendous job of working tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the powerless are heard beyond the walls of our inner-circles.

Saras Chung Doctoral Student/Research Assistant, Washington University in St. Louis

Often lost amidst the squabbling over the presence of undocumented Latino immigrants is the fact that a significant percentage are immigrants from all over the Pacific Rim. Asian and Asian American Christian churches are strangely silent, which is why it’s profoundly important that Hyepin Im and KCCD are leading the way to make sure that our governing officials don’t ignore the plight of our undocumented Asian brothers and sisters.

Rev. Dr. Ken Uyeda Fong Sr. Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church of LA Exec. Dir., Asian American Initiative - Fuller Theological Seminary

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Whether it is to highlight our desire for immigration reform or advocate for the issues that impact our communities, the time has come for Christian AAPI leaders to join hands and set our path for civic engagement. Please join us this May for an event not to be missed, as we attempt to pour out our hearts to positively impact and strengthen our AAPI communities.

Let us build a strong bond of unity as we advance Christ’s call for justice. The KCCD summit is a needed voice during these times where hope must prevail.

Diane Ujiiye Seminarian, Fuller Theological Seminary

The AAPI Faith Alliance Summit is a wonderful place to meet and fellowship with others serving the Lord in all sectors of society. Come and be inspired!

Kenneth Liu Director, Legal Aid Ministries, Christian Legal Society; Gammon & Grange, PC

Jesus not only spoke about God’s love, he also allowed people to experience it in tangible ways by demonstrating compassion and alleviating hunger and suffering. KCCD embodies this strategy of Christ - they mobilize and resource local churches so that they can impact people’s eternity by sharing God’s love in tangible ways that impact everyday life. KCCD is an incredible ally to local churches that want to grow and make a difference in their communities.

Rev. Michael Lee Senior Pastor, English Ministry Young Nak Celebration Church

I believe in what KCCD and Hyepin is doing on behalf of our AAPI community.

James Yu Executive Director/Pastor, Community Christian Center of LA


Rev. Samuel In Hwan Choi President, Washington Council of Churches Leading Pastor, Columbia Korean Baptist Church Congratulations to KCCD on 10 terrific years of service to the community – you have truly been a “light to the community!” This is really a great organization bringing hope and vision to many as you do your work. Though I am unable to be with you on this special occasion, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate this milestone.

Mary Ann Swenson Resident Bishop, Los Angeles Area The United Methodist Church

Tom Steers Founder and Co-Director, Asian American Ministries of the Navigators

To build the well-being of society is one mission of the church, and KCCD is one great vehicle for helping churches know how to build or transform its congregation for the well-being of the community, especially for Asian immigrants. Through KCCD, you will find many resources and tools for refreshing your vision and expanding your ministry.

Rev. Peter Hwang Senior. Pastor, The First Korean Baptist Church of Philadelphia 필라델피아 큰믿음 제일교회

KCCD is a bright light in the Asian American community, guiding it toward greater strength and well being. HomeFree-USA is honored to be in partnership with KCCD and its great work.

Father Paul D. Lee, S.T.D Senior Pastor, Epiphany Catholic Church

I applaud KCCD’s leadership in empowering the Korean-American community and church. I pray that KCCD’s light shines across the nation, extending its reach and ability to empower all those in the Korean- American community and church.

Rev. James Chongo Kim Senior Pastor, Korean Church of Atlanta UMA

I am very blessed to be a part of KCCD’s compassionate service for the Korean-American community. I know how KCCD has been working for the community with dedication and tireless work to establish sustainable networks and create vibrant movement for local ethnic communities to enhance and enrich lives... I believe and pray that God is honored by your love and enthusiasm for those who come through your door.

Reverend Dr. Kyunglim Shin Lee Vice-President, International Relations Wesley Theological Seminary

I am grateful for the work of KCCD under the leadership of Hyepin Im to bring Asian American faith leaders together with the President and the White House. This historic gathering will give a greater voice and visibility to the AAPI faith community to become even more influential. I look forward to working together with Hyepin to “do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” Micah 6:8

Pastor Steve Choi Senior Pastor, Crossway Community Church (Irvine, CA)

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KCCD is a blessing and prophetic example for every U.S. ethnic group and for every city as they demonstrate in action what is good, right, helpful, and healing. Thank God for KCCD.

KCCD has been a voice to the voiceless, especially among recently arrived immigrants. What impresses me is KCCD’s continuing adaptive stance, responding to the concrete needs of people and the communities they aim to serve. Hyepin’s organizational and interpersonal skills have been put to use for the needy in a timely fashion. May Christ continue to bless everyone at KCCD with joy and strength in serving the Lord in the least among us.

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그간 KCCD와 지역목회자들이 이민법개정에 대하여 한목소리를 내므로 이민법으로 인해 고통당하는 이민자들에게 희망을 주었고, 지 역 교회들은 신뢰를 얻는 기회가 되엇다. 그러 므로 KCCD Conference를 통하여 더욱 힘을 합 하고 같은 목소리를 내어야할 것이다.

Marcia J. Griffin President and Founder, HomeFree-USA

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My deepest appreciation to KCCD for teaching and guiding the way for our church to become the light and the salt of the Earth.

Rev. Eui Chun Hwang Pastor, Korean Presbyterian Church of Trenton, NJ

I am grateful for the way KCCD displays the gospel in this city by empowering the urban poor through its capacity building in churches and economic development programs. They are a light to the world through their work developing leaders, building capacity and fighting the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Dr. Keith Phillips President, World Impact

It is my great pleasure to support the efforts of KCCD and it’s tremendous work for the empowerment of the APIA community. Congratulations on this significant milestone event and may God bless all your ventures to come.

Rev. Kyu Young Lim Senior Pastor, Tacoma New Life Presbyterian Church Here in Washington, DC, we are that the forces tearing apart our nation’s communities are only increasing while the funds available from governmental sources to strengthen communities are disappearing. From the founding of the republic. America’s strength has been voluntary associations like KCCD. We must now rely upon you again to keep the light’s burning in the darkening world. May God continue to bless you in your work.

Reverend Dr. David McAllister-Wilson President, Wesley Theological Seminary

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“KCCD’s leadership is to be commended not only for its expertise but its relentless pursuit in seeking viable and sustainable solutions in its relatively brief history KCCD has established itself as a significant intermediary in leveraging both public and private sector resources to address the critical needs of often misunderstood and under resourced communities.

Michael A. Mata Urban Development Director, World Vision

KCCD has come to play such a critical role in giving voice and empowering Los Angeles’ Korean community. Not only have they continued to stand at the forefront of addressing significant needs within the community, they have brought major resources into the community, and increased its political visibility.

Helene Slessarev Professor of Urban Studies Claremont School of Theology

KCCD is the wise beginning to a living end of poverty, racism, isolation, and disharmony, God is using KCCD to level the economic playing fields throughout the world!

Rev. Mark E. Whitlock Pastor, Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church

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I have seen time and again how Christians from different congregations can dramatically impact a community when they serve and witness together. KCCD has an important role to play in bringing light to Los Angeles.

Rev. John D. Miller Vice Chancellor, Pepperdine University

I salute KCCD on its ministry and am thankful for the partnerships you have formed, the bridges you have built, and the initiatives you have undertaken not only on behalf of the Korean community but for all of God’s children.

Jim Winkler Senior Pastor, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society (GBCS)

As a member of President Obama’s first Council for Faith and Neighborhood partnerships, and as CEO of the Christian Community Development Association, I have seen hundreds of faith-based organizations making a significant impact in neighborhoods across the nation. KCCD, led by Hyepin Im is one of the most effective of such organizations that I have had the pleasure of working with. Congratulations on 10 years of service!

Noel Castellanos


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Hyepin Im President and CEO, KCCD

Rev. John Jongdai Park KCCD Board Co-Chair Senior Pastor, Joong-Ang Korean Church

KCCD Board Member Attorney, Esquire Lee & Oh, Professional Law Co.

KCCD Board Member Director, Corporate Strategy, Walt Disney Co.

KCCD Board Secretary KCCD Board Co-Chair Outreach Specialist, Director of Development Harbage Consulting and International Relations, Biola University

Dr. Jinha Park KCCD Board Member

James Huang KCCD Board Treasurer President and CEO, BRC Advisory

John Huynh

Ben Pak

Yang-Uk Kim

KCCD Board Member Development Director, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

KCCD Board Member Deputy, CA State Senator Kevin de Leon

KCCD Board Member President, Summertime Inc.

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Dr. Jinha Park

Richard Kim

Matthew Lee

David Caprara

KCCD Board Member

Korean American UMM (United Methodist Men)

President & CEO, Fastech Inc. KoBE Government Contracting Alliance

VP for Strategic Partnerships, Global Peace Foundation

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Nancy Lee

Daniel Lee

Sandra Ko

Woogie Kim

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KCCD PARTICIPATING STAFF Maria Oakey

Hun Choi

Moses Kim

Silvia Guillen

Office Manager

Church & Community Relations

HCA Housing Supervisor

Intake Specialist

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KCCD Timeline of Key Events

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting on immigration with faith leaders in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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• 1st KCCD Conference in partnership with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) • 1st Lighting the Community Conference in Washington, D.C.

2002

• Supervisor Yvonne Burke awards $50,000 grant to KCCD • KCCD hosts first Homeownership Fair with over 600 participants

2003

• MOU with FDIC for Korean Translation Review of Korean Money Smart Financial Literacy Program • Freddie Mac Awards $45,000 for Homebuyer Education

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• KCCD receives national AmeriCorps*VISTA grant for 26 members • KCCD receives Korean Civil Merit Badge Award “GukMin Pojang Sang” • KCCD President Hyepin Im receives Korean Civil Merit Badge Award “GukMin Pojang Sang” from South Korean Government • KCCD’s Healthy Marriage Network Established 1st National Asian American Marriage Day Celebration • KCCD receives a three-year $5 million Department of Labor grant for at-risk youth services. • KCCD’s Healthy Marriage Network Establishes 1st National Asian American Marriage Day Celebration • KCCD becomes corporate partner with Mayor Villaraigosa for “Hire LA’s Youth 2006” Youth Workforce Program (YWP) • Launch of Korean Community Homeownership Initiative • First time homebuyer receives over $174,000 in down payment assistance through KCCD’s Homeownership Program • KCCD hosts Parent Educational Seminars on Asian Youth • KCCD partners with Freddie Mac to offer consumers and potential homebuyers CreditSmart Asian Guidebooks • KCCD awards over $420,000 in grants to organizations • KCCD publishes Korean American Churches as Partners in Community Development featured on The White House website • KCCD hosts Wake Up Call! Faith and community leadership summit • KCCD helps raise $400,000 in marriage grants in the Korean American community • KCCD President, Hyepin Im, honored as 2009 Pioneer Woman by Council President Eric Garcetti • KCCD awarded 2009 HomeFree-USA President’s Award for outstanding achievement in foreclosure prevention • KCCD President Hyepin Im as Presidential Appointee to the Corporation for National and Community Service Board • KCCD President, Hyepin Im, honored as 2009 Pioneer Woman by Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti • KCCD selected as 1 of 5 national partners for Freddie Mac’s Borrower Home Network Initiative to help distressed homeowners • KCCD Partners with the Wilshire Family Source Center to serve 420 low-income Los Angeles residents in providing emergency referrals and services • KCCD Partners with the Wilshire Family Source Center to serve 420 low-income Los Angeles residents in providing emergency referrals and services as part of City of Los Angeles Family Source Program


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KCCD Timeline of Key Events

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At the White House - KCCD White House historic briefing for AAPI Christian leaders, May 2014

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• KCCD Hosts 7-month long SAIGU Campaign to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of L.A. Riots – Over 1,500 Attend Culminating Service • Hyepin Im, KCCD Founder & CEO selected as a “2012 Woman of Action” by CA Speaker John A. Pérez • Hyepin Im, KCCD Founder & CEO selected as a “Pioneer Woman of the Year” by Councilmember Tom LaBonge • Bank of America Honors KCCD with a $10,000 Community Grant • KCCD’s Announces Partnership with E*TRADE on $10,000 Match Savings Program • Hyepin Im, KCCD Founder & CEO Recipient of the Prestigious Presidential Citation Award from South Korean Government • Torrey Pines Bank Presents $10,000 Check to KCCD • KCCD Founder Hyepin Im Recognized as “Ten Most Inspiring Women” by Los Angeles Magazine • KCCD Celebrates Partnership with the One Million New Internet Users Initiative • American Jewish Committee of Los Angeles Makes Historic Visit to Glory Church of Jesus Christ through Partnership with KCCD • KCCD Offering Free Basic Computer Classes for Low Income Residents of the City of Los Angeles in Collaboration with 1736 Family Crisis Center • KCCD Joined by Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Rev. David Meyers of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships - Over 400 Attend Successful Disaster Readiness Seminar • Freddie Mac CreditSmart Promotion through KCCD (one of few agencies specially selected to do outreach by Freddie Mac) • KCCD & Korean Pastors Join Fasters at U.S. Capitol for Commitment to Immigration Reform • KCCD President meets with President Barack Obama and other AAPI leaders on Immigration Reform • KCCD hosts inaugural Donor Advisory Board Reception • KCCD President meets with President Barack Obama and 7 other faith leaders on Immigration Reform in the Oval Office • Launch of AAPI Faith Alliance • KCCD awarded CA Emerging Technology Fund Grant – Providing low-income families with high speed internet access and services • KCCD launches faith and community mental health collaborative, in partnership with SAMHSA • KCCD launches faith and community mental health collaborative, in partnership with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – One of 12 communities selected by SAMHSA • KCCD President meets with President Barack Obama and other AAPI leaders on Immigration Reform • Over 140 AAPI Christian leaders attend KCCD’s 7th National Lighting the Community Summit, the first time AAPI Christian leaders are invited to a historic White House Briefing. • KCCD launches Mental Health Speakers Initiative • KCCD hosts its New Year Kick-Off Reception at The Belasco Theater - Over 300 attend • KCCD Signs MOU with Yoido Full Gospel Church - Located in South Korea, one of the largest churches in the world with over 800,000 members • Over 140 AAPI Christian leaders attend KCCD’s 8th National Lighting the Community Summit, the second time AAPI Christian leaders are invited to a historic White House Briefing.

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• KCCD Joins L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Support CRA • KCCD hosts its 10th Anniversary Dinner and 2011 Lighting the Community Conference • KCCD Awarded Grant From Greenlining Institute to train Minority Business Owners to win Corporate Contracts • KCCD Holds Dinner With LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas And Korean Pastors To Discuss Future Economic Development Projects In The Community

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KCCD coordination of Congressmember Mike Honda’s visit to Yoido Full Gospel Church, the largest church in the world with 830,000 members. Pictured is KCCD President Hyepin Im, Congressmember Mike Honda and Rev. Young Hoon Lee, Senior Pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church with South Korean Congressional Members and leaders.

About KCCD

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KCCD is a national, award-winning non-profit organization with the vision to serve as a light and bridge between the Asian American community and the greater community at large. Our mission is to advance the Asian American community’s participation, contribution, and influence through faith-based and community partnerships. To achieve this mission, KCCD offers a wide range of programs to serve the specific needs of the AAPI community. Homebuyer Education and Financial Literacy

Our Homebuyer Education training educates potential homebuyers on key topics related to the home-buying process and fiscal responsibility. Participants who graduate can obtain a certificate that potentially qualifies them for government and bank-sponsored down-payment assistance programs. Alongside Homebuyer Education, our HUD-certified housing counselors also assist clients with pre-purchase counseling. To date, KCCD has helped to secure over $1.4 million in down payment assistance and helped train over 8,000 potential homebuyers.

Foreclosure Assistance and Prevention

In 2007, KCCD began offering foreclosure assistance and prevention services to address the growing foreclosure crisis. We are one of three agencies in Los Angeles County selected to offer Keep Your Home California services, which helps unemployed clients with up to a year’s work of mortgages. Our counseling services have assisted over 3,000 families in foreclosure crisis, and helped to save over $85 million in mortgages from going into foreclosure. KCCD was honored with the 2009 HOPE Award and the 2009 HomeFree USA. Also received the 2011 Condor.

REO Property Acquisition and Rehabilitation

Since 2012, KCCD has been acquiring foreclosed properties and transforming and revitalizing these blighted sites. Properties are provided at a discounted rate to low-to-moderate income families and individuals.

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In 2012, KCCD was successful in organizing faith and community leaders to advocate for a community benefit from J.H. Snyder, who was receiving $17 million in public funds for building a $169 million mixed-use project in Koreatown. KCCD successfully gained the commitment of J.H. Snyder to build 96 units of affordable housing, donate $1 million for a community center, and provide technical assistance for the development of a Koreatown community center, as part of their community

benefits agreement. KCCD was designated as the nonprofit partner for building the 96 units of affordable housing.

Computer Literacy Training

Our organization also provides affordable computer training to low-income parents and seniors. Our participants learn how to navigate the internet, use social media, and utilize vital software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Affordable Care Act Assistance

Our Affordable Care Act assistance has increased access to affordable health care by promoting awareness, performing outreach and education, assisting clients with Covered California insurance enrollment, and taking a leading role in health care events.

Consumer Education Fairs

KCCD actively serves underserved communities by hosting various seminars such as the Homeownership, Foreclosure, and Disaster Readiness Fairs, which serve over 1,000 low-income families and individuals annually.

Church & Non-Profit Leadership and Advocacy Training

KCCD has trained over 3500 faith and community leaders how to leverage resources, navigate government, create partnerships, implement programs and services and effectively advocate for their community. KCCD has also created a Faith and Community Collaborative on Mental Health and Drug Abuse to connect faith leaders with resources in the community.

Youth and Adult Job Training and Internships

KCCD has trained many individuals both youth, college, adult workers, and seniors in job and leadership skills through our various internships, volunteer program, as well as city and federal programs including Americorps Vista.


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Making Home Affordable (MHA) is a free federal program designed to help homeowners who are HOMEOWNERSHIP FORECLOSURE COUNSELING LEADERSHIP & CAPACITY BUILDING JOB TRAINING SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING YOUTH TRAINING FAMILY STRENGTHENING FINANCIAL LITERACY HEALTH AND WELLNESS

struggling to make their mortgage payments get more mortgage help and avoid foreclosure. Today, whether homeowners are behind on their payments or worried about how they’ll make the next one, MHA offers options and solutions.

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SPECIAL THANKS & SPONSORS We would like to specially thank the following individuals and organizations:

PRAYER PARTNERS

• Alan Inman, Global Peace Foundation • Bessie Chan, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders • CGNTV • Christianity Daily • Christianview (CBS Washington) • David Caprara , Global Peace Foundation • David Han, Hans Travel • Diana Yu, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders • Elisa Araiza • JC Moon and Sunny Ahn • Kellogg Conference Hotel Staff • Korea Daily • Matthew Lee, KoBE Government Contracting

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Alliance (KoBE) Radio Seoul Radio Washington Rev. Hyunsoo Bae, Vision Presbyterian Church of Washington Sandra Ko, Harbage Consulting Shelley Su, Office of U.S. Congressman Ed Royce Stephanie Hu, Office of U.S. Congressman Ed Royce Steve Park, Little Lights Urban Ministries The Korea Times TVK24

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Cristina Alcala Yun Sun Cho JosephChoi / PanCom Angie Chu / Foundation Ours., Inc. Marcia Coppertino/ International Platform for Peace Rocio Gutierrez Hyepin Im / KCCD Tila Iraheta David Jakl / Foundation Ours., Inc... Faith Jeon / Gaumjeong Church EunJoung Joo John Kim / ACTS (Antioch Center for Training & Sending) Maria Luisa Oakey / KCCD

Supporting Organizations: • The Bridge Leadership Foundation • American Red Cross Los Angeles Region • National Council of UMC Korean Clergywomen

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Dr. Jinha Park, Joan and Ron Fong


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