Soo Kyung Koo, Executive Director
Soo manages strategic development, fundraising, and external affairs at ILF, coordinating with federal, congressional, corporate, and non-profit partners and ILF Advisory Boards across the U.S. She also executes policy and leadership training for ILF’s students and stakeholders. Prior to joining ILF in 2014, she worked at think tanks and had extensive media and political experience in Washington D.C. and South Korea. Recently, she has been appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett to serve on the Montgomery County Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) in the position of Public Representative. She has been serving on other community- and business-oriented organizations and speaking to policymakers to promote civic engagement by minority groups and leadership diversity in the national decision-making process. She holds M.A. in Government from Georgetown University where she graduated with Academic Distinction and B.A. in Political Science from Ewha Women’s University. She has recently completed Emerging Leaders, an executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School.
Evelynn Xuan Bui, Program Director
Born in Vietnam, Evelynn moved to Washington, DC from Texas after obtaining a Master of Public Health degree from Baylor University. She began her career as a communications intern for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration before working full-time for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) as a federal consultant. At VHA she lead projects on health IT business processes, program management, and designing curriculum for professional development. Passionate about community advocacy, joining the ILF was a natural transition to affirm her deep-seated interests in social empowerment. Evelynn is grateful to serve as ILF’s Civic Fellowship Program Director and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in diversity and inclusion, public policy, and advocacy.
Rebecca Wang, Operations & Project Assistant
Rebecca is an assistant for International Leadership Foundation. She is born and raised in New York City. Besides supporting operations and projects of ILF, she assists event coordination and external affairs.
2018 Summer Staff:
Joanna Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Baylor University. She has spent time creating content for Macmillan Education, assistant teaching for Classical Conversations, and volunteer teaching English in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Public service is an integral part of her life with what began as volunteer work with her family at the Dallas Chinese Community Center at the age of ten has grown into a lifelong passion. She has since gone on to become the Co-President of Agape, a service organization on campus, and held several leadership positions focused on empowering the community. Wanting to continue to learn and grow, ILF has given her the opportunity to continue pursuing her passions concerning women’s education in developing nations, LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, social empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and advocacy.
Philip Liu is a freshman at Duke University from Austin, Texas. As an A. James Clark Scholar, he plans to major in Mechanical Engineering with certificates in Markets & Management and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In high school, Philip was the President and Co-Founder of the STEM Advocacy Conference of Texas (SACOT), a program for high-school students to advocate for increased support and funding for STEM activities. He also served on the Senior Staff and as a Project Manager for Chap Research, an innovation program, as well as a Chairman’s Presenter and Pit Manager on FRC 2468 Team Appreciate, a FIRST Robotics Competition team. Additionally, Philip teaches as a TaeKwonDo instructor, volunteers at a local food bank, creates cinematography, and plays football/basketball with his friends – all while doing it with a smile!
Lorraine Luo graduated with a Master degree in International Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California in December 2017. Lorraine did her undergraduate studies at the Sichuan College of Media and Communication in China. She has more than four years of experience in the media field. She had the privilege of working for the Chengdu TV station in China before her study in the U.S. ILF provides her a wonderful opportunity to engage with community leaders, government officials, and private sectors. In the long run, she plans to work for NGO or government agencies.
Joshua Thomas is a rising third year at James Madison University. He is currently majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Information Systems. In the past year, Joshua has become more involved in his campus. He is president of a cultural organization that spreads diversity among the campus as well the local community. He is also a Career Educator at Career and Academic Planning. There he devotes his time leading various workshops on LinkedIn, Interviewing skills, etc. He also assists students with their resumes and any other career questions they might have. Joshua is excited to be part of the ILF team and is looking forward to learning from his supervisors and peers.
Administration: Agnes Tung
Legal Affairs: Daniel Deng, Esq
Financial Affairs: Barry Cui, CPA & Leona Ru
Senior Advisors: Linh Hoang & Yvonne Lu
IT: Shao-Yang Ku & Daniel Peng
Lead Photographer: Bob Lo
Photographers: Gino Wang, Hansen Zhang
Global Student Programs & Media Relations: Corinna Shen, Jeannie Shen
Special thanks to professional consultants from across the country dedicated to ILF.