Executive Director Soo Kyung Koo Appointed to the Montgomery County Community Development Advisory Committee

Contact: Evelynn Xuan Bui | (202) 204-3019 | ebui@ileader.org


The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce that Executive Director Soo Kyung Koo 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 effective October 16, 2017. Her term will conclude in 2020.

According to the County, the CDAC “is a diverse group of county residents appointed by the County Executive. Each fall the CDAC holds a public hearing on the community development needs of Montgomery County and the County’s past performance in meeting those needs. In addition, the CDAC engages in a thorough and transparent review of applications for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Service Grants each fall.

Koo is one of three new appointed members and also one of only two Asian Pacific Americans among all 17 CDAC members.

Montgomery County, the most populous county in Maryland and one of the most affluent counties in the U.S., currently has 1.04 million residents. The country is included in the Washington DC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

I am very honored to carry this significant responsibility for broader communities in the County as a proud Asian American. It is a previlege to review the work of distinguished community groups and to have interactive conversations with them to further collaborate for those in need, assisting the County Council and the Executive. I am very pleased to have a chance to practice the public and civic leadership perspectives I have learned from ILF, our board, and advisors,” said Koo.

ILF Chairman Dr. Paul Hsu said, “ILF helps personal and professional development of its own employees as well as students participating in our educational programs. The ILF Board of Directors is made of respected leaders in communities, the nation, and the global stage, and they have been very enthusiastic for cultivating the leadership development of everyone involved in ILF. We are extremely proud of the growth of our executive team.

Koo, who joined ILF in 2014, graduated from Georgetown University and recently completed Emerging Leaders, an executive education program at Harvard Kennedy School. She has been speaking to and serving on other community- and business-oriented organizations to promote civic engagement and leadership diversity.

About ILF
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. Since its
founding in 2000, ILF has provided educational programs and scholarships with over 7,000 students to cultivate the pipeline of emerging leaders. For more information, please visit www.ILFnational.org.