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.

Staff Bios

  • Thomas J. Byrne joined The Korea Society as its President in August of 2015. He comes to the Society from Moody's Investor Services, where he was Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Spokesperson, and Director of Analysis for the Sovereign Risk Group in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions working in Moody’s Singapore office. Before moving to Moody's in 1996, he was the Senior Economist of the Asia Department at the Institute of International Finance in Washington DC. Tom has an MA degree in International Relations with an emphasis on economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BS degree in Biology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before his graduate work, he served in South Korea for three years as a US Peace Corps volunteer.


    President Byrne teaches as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City and at Georgetown University's Graduate School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. As president, he has written opinion articles which were published in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The National Interest, and Reuters Breakingviews.

  • Before joining the Korea Society, Jay Oh has worked in publishing and non-profit art organizations in Greensboro, N.C., Minneapolis, and New York. She holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College and an M. A. in art history from Williams College.

  • Jiyoung Suh is the Senior Director of Development at The Korea Society. Before returning to the Society in July, 2019, she worked as Director of Special Events from 2010 to 2014, managing the development and execution of comprehensive fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship events for The Korea Society. She also worked as a Development Officer during her first three years at the Society (2007-2010), assisting with all aspects of development and fundraising related activities. 

    Prior to joining The Korea Society, Jiyoung was Manager at The Beautiful Foundation NY (aka NY Nanum Foundation). She graduated from New York University with an MA in Performing Arts Administration and holds a BA in Political Science and Diplomacy from Ewha Womans University.

  • Linda Tobash is the Korea Society Senior Advisor for Education. Most recently, she was senior director of policy, knowledge and data at World Education Services and was director of university placement services at the Institute of International Education, overseeing US graduate placements for sponsored international students including Korean Fulbrighters. She also served as director of admission and director of continuing education programs at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY and has been an adjunct lecturer at the New School for Social Research, New York University, Columbia University, and CUNY. She holds an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before her graduate work, she served in South Korea as a US Peace Corps volunteer.

    Linda is a frequent presenter on the US higher education system, international educational partnerships, and building higher education capacity. Active in numerous professional associations, she is a founding member and current Vice President of Professional Development for The Association of International Credential Evaluation Professionals and has served in many NAFSA: Association of International Educators leadership positions, most recently as Leadership Development chair. She is a Friends of Korea Board member.

  • As the Korea Society’s Communications Officer, Claire Callahan is responsible for administering communications functions, managing the Young Professionals’ Network, and promoting programs to the Society’s ever-growing audience. Graduating from New York University with a BS in Applied Psychology, Claire is interested in the study of human behavior and how it intersects with culture and policy. She applied these interests during her time as a Fulbright grantee to South Korea as an English Teaching Assistant in 2018-2019 and later as a Research Data Associate at NYU Department of Population Health.

  • Hyunjung (Helen) Cho joined The Korea Society team in December 2020 as the Financial Controller.  She has more than 25 years of finance experience including accounting, business process, budgeting and financial reporting in non-profit, retail, and bio-tech industries.  Prior to joining The Korea Society, Helen held a Controller position for more than 12 years and an Accounting Manager for 4 years at The Partnership for New York City.  She holds a master’s degree in accounting from University of Colorado Denver and bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Colorado Boulder.  She is a certified public accountant registered in Colorado.

  • Ui Jin is the Education Coordinator for the Korean Language Program. She comes to The Korea Society with over a decade of working and studies in international education in Seoul and New York City. Most recently she worked on developing and managing an international digital cultural exchange and global citizenship program. She holds a B.A. in English and Art History from Smith College, an M.A. in Global Affairs from Yonsei University, and an Ed.M. in Peace and Human Rights Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

  • Jonathan Corrado is Director of Policy for The Korea Society. He produces programming and conducts research on a range of security, diplomacy, and socioeconomic issues impacting the U.S.-Korea Alliance, the Korean Peninsula, and Northeast Asia. Jonathan is a non-resident James A. Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum, an Emerging Leader at the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and a contributor to NK Pro. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, the Journal of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and Asian Politics & Policy. He has also published analysis in diverse outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, 38 North, The Diplomat, The Japan Times, The National Interest, Yahoo News, Pacific Forum PacNet and Issues & Insights, NK News, and NK Pro. He has been quoted in Reuters, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Times, Radio Free Asia, and Voice of America. Jonathan was previously a translator for Daily NK (Korean to English), an FCPA due diligence investigator for Steele Compliance Solutions, a graduate fellow for McLarty Associates, and a volunteer analyst for the Congressional Research Service. Jonathan received an MA from Georgetown University's Asian Studies Program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a BA in anthropology and philosophy from the University of Maryland College Park.
     
     
     
  • Eunjung Kho is the Director of Administration / Assistant Controller at the Society. She graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a BS in Accounting. During her years at Binghamton, she served on the Executive Board of various Korean-American groups—as a Secretary, Fundraiser, and Design Editor—that promoted and planned social, educational, and cultural events for Koreans, Korean-Americans, and students on campus. She was the Secretary for Korean-American Student Association, and the Magazine Design Editor and Secretary for Han Perspective, the only bilingual publication group on campus to provide news, opinions, reviews, and arts with a focus on Korean and Korean-American culture.

  • Seho Kim is the Society’s Creative Director. He oversees the company’s visual identity, responsible for the quality of its creative projects and leads communication and interactive design efforts. Other responsibilities include maintaining Society’s web, social media, print and mobile/PC strategy, recruiting, screening, interviewing, placing workers and can represent the president in matters of media and communications. Prior to joining The Korea Society in 2004, Kim worked on projects for W Hotels the Store, illustrated Go for Kids, a 425+ multi-paneled children’s book. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design/New School University. Mr. Kim received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Parsons School of Design/New School University, where he was the 2003 student commencement speaker. He has won numerous awards for excellence in communications design, which includes 2021, 2020 and 2018 ARC Awards, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2008 and 2007 Vision Awards, 2006 Inspire Award, 2006 Spotlight Award, the 2006 American Design Award and the 2006 and 2005 Magellan Award for excellence in communications in design.

  • Irene Kyoung is the Policy Associate at the Korea Society. She is responsible for programming and research on topics involving the political, economic, and societal aspects of the US-ROK alliance, Korean peninsular relations, and Northeast Asian affairs. She was previously a policy intern for the Society. Irene received her BA with honors in Government and Legal Studies (American Politics concentration) and a minor in Psychology from Bowdoin College and her MA in Political Science (International Relations concentration) from Columbia University.

  • Yun Park is the Development Officer at The Korea Society. She is responsible for managing multiple programs of the Young Professional Network. Before joining The Society, Yun served as a Reporter at The Korea Daily NY(JoongAng Ilbo), published articles on topics regarding immigration, politics, and culture. Yun graduated from the University at Albany, SUNY with a BA in Communication and Journalism.  

  • As the Society’s  IT Director, Peter Stuehmke is proficient with technologies such as network administration, database administration, Web 2.0 technologies, and audio-visual production. Prior to joining the Society in April 2006, Peter Stuehmke worked in a variety of technology, support, consulting, and media-design positions. Mr. Stuehmke graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2005 with a BA in philosophy and a minor in engineering science.

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