Zhu Xiao Di, Interim director
Zhu Xiao Di has more than 20 years of executive and research experience, including using Census Bureau data American Housing Survey (AHS), BLS data Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), and FRB data Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) for 15 years analyzing issues relating to race, ethnic, and other populations. Since he joined International Leadership Foundation recently he took over daily operational management and supervised overall programs and events planning. He facilitated strategic planning with Board of Directors and potential strategic partners and donors. He also recruited interns to provide opportunities for a diversified population of youth to engage in activities promoting leadership empowerment and economic prosperity of Asian Pacific Americans. Previously at Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation as Interim Director, he supervised staff in overall daily operations after taking over responsibilities from Executive Director, including handling budgeting and financials. He also designed and executed the Ameson Year in China (AYC) program, which has sent almost 500 American college graduates to teach and study in China. The program obtained commending letters from more than 25 U.S. Senators and House Representatives. As a graduate from MIT and a researcher at Harvard University for years, Zhu Xiao Di is a contributor to many academic books and journal articles, many of them have been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Atlantic Monthly.
Joanna Chen, Program Coordinator
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.
Soo Kyung Koo, Consultant
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.