THE KOREA SOCIETY

is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea. Learn more about us here.

Board of Directors

  • Board of Directors

 


Amb. Kathleen Stephens
Chair, The Korea Society
President & CEO, Korea Economic Institute

Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen Stephens is a former American diplomat. She was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2008-2011. Korea has been a leit motif of Ambassador Stephens’ life and career since she served in rural Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer, 1975-1977. She was in Korea 1983-1989, first as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul reporting on Korea’s domestic political and human rights scene, and later leading the U.S. Consulate in Busan.

Other overseas assignments included postings to China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, where she was U.S. Consul General in Belfast during the negotiations culminating in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and India, where she was U.S. Charge ‘d Affaires (2014-2015).

Ambassador Stephens also served in a number of policy positions in Washington at the Department of State and the White House. These included acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2012), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-2007), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2003-2005), and National Security Council Director for European Affairs at the Clinton White House.

Stephens was William J. Perry Fellow for Korea at Stanford University 2015-2018. She is a Mansfield Foundation Distinguished Fellow, Pacific Century Institute board chairman, vice-chair of the board of trustees for The Asia Foundation, and board chair of The Korea Society.

She has been President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America since September 2018, based in Washington, DC.

 

Thomas J. Byrne
President & CEO

 

Chong-Yun Park
Treasurer

 

Song Jung
Corporate Secretary


 

 

 

 

 

Byeong Chan Bai
President
SK USA

 

 

Carter Booth
Consultant

 

 

Nicholas Bratt
Managing Director
Lazard Asset Management LLC

 

 

Michael Burke
Head
International Franchise Management
Citi

 

Young H.T. Cho
Chairman
Donghwa Cultural Foundation and SWPK Art Gallery

 President, Anthrop-J Investment Group, LLC

 

Jun Choi
Partner
Ernst & Young

 

Young Choi
Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

Kyungsik  Choi
President & CEO
Samsung Electronics
North America

 

 

Henry Do
 President & CEO
POSCO America Corp. (POSAM)

 

 

Susan Greenwell
 SVP and Head of
International Government Relations
MetLife

 

 

Christopher R. Hill
Former
U.S. Ambassador to ROK

Advisor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at the University of Denver

 

 

Ji Hoon Hong
Partner & Foreign Legal Consultant
White & Case LLP

 

 

Thomas C. Hubbard
Senior Director
McLarty Associates

 

 

Song K. Jung 
Global Chair
Intellectual Property & Technology
Dentons US LLP

 

 

Abraham Kim
Executive Director
Council of Korean Americans

 

 

Anthony Kim 
Partner
Centerview Partners LLC

 

 

Hae-Young Kim
Retired Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

 

 

Mee Kim
Chairwoman
The Kim Koo Foundation

 

 

Kevin Lee
Partner
KPMG LLP

 

 

Sang Jun Lee
President
Korea International Trade Association
New York Branch

 

 

Mark Lippert
Former
U.S. Ambassador to ROK


Senior Advisor, Korea Chair
CSIS

 

 

Tami Overby
Senior Director
McLarty Associates

 

 

Chong-Yun Park
Senior Advisor
Ernst & Young Han Young

 

 

William R. Rhodes
President
William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC

 

 

General (Ret) Walter "Skip" Sharp
President
Sharp Advice, LLC

Former UNC/CFC/USFK Commander

 

 

 

Philip D. Sherman
Owner
Philip D. Sherman Consulting LLC

 

 

Yong Sohn 
Vice President/Chief Coordinator

Hyundai Motor Company Washington Office

 

 

Kathleen Stephens 
President and CEO
Korea Economic
Institute of America

U.S. Ambassador to
Republic of Korea 
(2008-2011)


 

 

Michael Woods 
CEO & COO
Big Sun Holdings Group

 

 

Gene Yoon
Chairman 
FILA Acushnet Company

 

 

Thomas Yoon
President & CEO
LG Electronics USA  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 updated as of March 1, 2021