ILF Former Executive Director Joins Governor Larry Hogan’s Office of Community Initiatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Leadership Foundation is pleased to announce that one of the staff alumni Soo Kyung Koo has joined the Hogan Administration of Maryland as the Communications Director at the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

“We are excited about her new chapter and proud of her achievement. It means a lot to us that more of our alumni move to commit to citizens in the public sector. She has been becoming a young female leader working for our communities. We look forward to working with her in the future,” said Chairman Dr. Paul Hsu.

Koo led the ILF’s Executive Team for over four years and guided hundreds of Asian Pacific American students and young professionals to the public service field. She conducted leadership development workshops, and advocated for significant agenda for the minority community across the Federal Government and Capitol Hill. Working at ILF, she connected other community- and business-oriented organizations with each other and spoke to policymakers to promote civic engagement by minority groups and leadership diversity in the national decision-making process.

“I am inspired by what Governor Hogan, First Lady Yumi Hogan, and Lt. Governor Rutherford have done for Marylanders. I am honored to serve to change Maryland for the better under their leadership,” said Koo. “While I am thrilled about my new job, I thank ILF board members who have always supported and encouraged me to pursue my mission in public service.”

She is in charge of connecting Marylanders with the State resources, listening to the unique needs of diverse communities in Maryland, and strategically messaging the priorities of the Administration for State residents.

Koo holds a M.A. in Government from Georgetown University where she graduated with Academic Distinction, and a B.A. in Political Science from Ewha Women’s University. She recently completed Emerging Leaders, an executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School.