Staff

Becky Belcore, Co-Director
Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon, Co-Director
Karn Saetang, National Organizing Director
Nancy Wu, Finance Manager
SaeHee Chun, Communications & Development Associate
Sang Hyug Jung, Rapid Response Coordinator
Sookyung Oh, D.C. Area Director
Sumi Yi, Community Organizer
Young Mi Shim, Service Coordinator

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.

Karn Saetang, National Organizing Director, ksaetang@nakasec.org

Karn was born, raised, educated, and agitated in Chicago, and has been able to work with multi-racial grassroots organizations in Chicago, the Bay area, and Portland.  In Chicago, he previously worked and advocated at various grassroots organizations around environmental justice and education equity, and was an organizer at the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center to organize Asian American youth around immigration reform and the DREAM Act.  He served as the Director of Student Organizing at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco, where he organized black and brown youth and working-class families around education justice and ending the school-to-prison pipeline.  In Portland, OR, he served as the lead organizer of Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), where he worked with high school students to start a youth-led organizing group that started and won an ethnic studies campaign for Portland Public High Schools.  He also helped form the Portland chapter of Asians 4 Black Lives, which works with Asian Americans to organize around the liberation of black people and anti-racist work.

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.

Sang Hyug Jung, Rapid Response Coordinator, sang@nakasec.org

As the Rapid Response Coordinator, Mr. Jung listens to the stories of immigrant community members, connects them with needed services, and assists them in amplifying their voices in the larger American society.  While managing NAKASEC’s 24 Hour Rapid Response Hotline, he hears about challenges and concerns expressed by Korean American immigrants on a daily basis.  Previously, Mr. Jung worked on DACA and other immigration reform-related projects at the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles and has been a strong leader and advocate for just and humane comprehensive immigration reform..

SaeHee Chun, Communications & Development 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.

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 and the Virginia Civic Engagement Table. 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!

Young Mi Shim, Service Coordinator, shim328@nakasec.org

Young Mi was born in Seoul in 1972 and came to the US in 2004. She graduated with a degree in Computer Programs in Korea and taught art classes at a cultural center. In the US, she still participates in art exhibits, but now focuses her energy on providing services to the Korean American community in Virginia. Her son, Peter, is an active member of NAKASEC and is the person who introduced her to the organization. She loves the work she does after learning more about human rights through her son and NAKASEC.

Staff

Updated on 2017-06-23T08:55:23+00:00, by nakasec.