Staff

Becky Belcore, Co-Director
Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon, Co-Director
Huong Nguyen, Civic Engagement Coordinator
Min Su Kang, Immigrant Rights Fellow
Nancy Wu, Finance Manager
SaeHee Chun, Program Associate
Serafina Ha, Communications Fellow
Sookyung Oh, D.C. Area Director
Sumi Yi, Community Organizer

Staff Bios

Becky Belcore, Co-Director, becky@nakasec.org

Becky Belcore has joined NAKASEC’s staff as Co-Director with Dae Joong Yoon as of January 2017.  Becky recently was the Program Manager of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, a national initiative that supports the year round civic engagement efforts of Asian American organizations, and an independent consultant for community-based organizations and foundations in the greater Chicago area.  Becky holds a B.A. from Smith College and an A.D. in Nursing from Truman College.  She previously worked as Lead Program Officer for the Woods Fund Chicago where she coordinated grantmaking and special projects.  Becky also spent 15 years as a community and labor organizer.  She has served as the Executive Director of the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Service Employees International Union  (SEIU), and is a co-founder and member of the Adoptee Rights Campaign.  Becky enjoys spending time with her daughter and identifies as a Korean adoptee.

Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon, Co-Director, djyoon@nakasec.org

Dae Joong (DJ) was part of the founding of NAKASEC in 1994 and helped lead successful campaigns in its early years, including 1995 “Justice for Immigrants” Washington Post ad campaign opposing anti-immigrant legislation, the Restoration of SSI, and the national Fix 96’ campaign, a multi-faceted campaign in 1996 that promoted civic participation and electoral organizing.  Prior to joining NAKASEC, DJ was the executive director of the Korean Resource Center (KRC), was a founding board member of the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) in Chicago, and served as the national president of Young Koreans United (YKU).  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Strategic Concept in Organizing & Policy Education (SCOPE), the Community Advisory Board for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services, and the Advisory Board for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.  He identifies as a 1.5 generation Korean American and is bilingual in English and Korean.

Huong Nguyen, Civic Engagement Coordinator, hnguyen@nakasec.org

Huong joins the NAKASEC team as Civic Engagement Coordinator with the goal to build a solid volunteer and community base and successfully support the naturalization program. She is a former after-school teacher at AALEAD with a passion to help Asian Americans break through the “bamboo ceiling,” know who they are, know what their rights are, and to represent themselves. She holds a B.A. in Korea Studies and finished her masters in Instructional Technology and Psychology in Korea. She is first generation Vietnamese American. She speaks Vietnamese, Korean, and English fluently. In her free time, she enjoys playing billiards, reading books, singing, learning to play drum and piano, and crocheting.

Min Su Kang, Immigrant Rights Fellow, mkang@nakasec.org

Min Su Kang recently graduated from Falls Church High School and is now attending Northern Virginia Community College. He was one the first youths that came to NAKASEC VA’s DACA clinics, and became a volunteer then later an intern. He works 45+ hours a week while attending college, and helps his single mother with daily household chores. He volunteered with public clean ups in D.C. with AALEAD and phoned banked with NAKASEC in the 2015 elections. Fun fact about Min Su: he loves to eat and can eat 21 cheeseburgers in one sitting.

Nancy Wu, Finance Manager, nancy@nakasec.org

Nancy is a 2nd generation Chinese American and a born-and-raised Chicagoan.  She has a B.S. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.  Prior to joining NAKASEC in February 2017, Nancy had experience with both corporate and non-profit accounting and tax issues.  Her hobbies include woodworking, illustration, taking long walks with her rescue dog Bailey, and volunteering at the local animal shelter.

SaeHee Chun, Program Associate, schun@nakasec.org

A native of Annandale, VA, SaeHee graduated from college in May 2015 with a major in Asian Studies and double minor in Film Studies and Korean.  SaeHee first met NAKASEC and became engaged in immigrant rights issues in college when she worked as a summer campaigns intern and had the opportunity to go on the Dream Riders van tour in 2013.  Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies and playing gayageum.

Serafina Ha, Communications Fellow

Coming Soon…

Sookyung Oh, D.C. Area Director, soh@nakasec.org

Sookyung returns to NAKASEC as D.C. Area Director to lead organizing and campaign work in Virginia. Previously she coordinated NAKASEC’s national immigrant rights campaigns. Most recently she served at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as a Public Policy Analyst and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis in Richmond, VA as a State Policy Fellow. She started working in Korean and Asian American communities at the Jaisohn Center and Asian Americans United in Philadelphia. Currently, she is on the board of the ACLU-DC, the Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET), and the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR). She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University. She is a 2nd generation Korean American who enjoys comic books and the D.C. blues scene.

Sumi Yi, Community Organizer, syi@nakasec.org

​Having recently graduated from Roanoke College with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in American Politics,​ Sumi joins the NAKASEC team to help actively lead Asian-American communities as the Virginia Community Organizer. She previously interned as a Community Outreach Associate for Delegate Sam Rasoul (VA-11) where she realized her passion for grassroots organizing. Identifying as Korean American, Sumi is excited to work with youth and local residents who support NAKASEC’s vision. On her free time, she loves to venture out and find nice cafes to read and relax. She enjoys cooking and will always be up to date on the most popular Korean dramas!

 

Staff

Updated on 2017-10-05T09:11:34+00:00, by nakasec.