New Executive Director is Announced

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January 10, 2017                                                                                                         Contact: Evelynn Bui

Immediate Release                                                                                            


  International Leadership Foundation Announces New Executive Director, Soo Kyung Koo


The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce that its board of directors has chosen Soo Kyung Koo as the organization’s new Executive Director.


ILF’s Chairman Dr. Paul Hsu explained, “We decide to hire her for this leadership position since she has worked diligently for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as one of young leaders and she has proved her capacity to address the organization’s needs over the last couple of years.”


Prior to joining ILF, Koo worked for think tanks and had extensive media and political experience in Washington D.C. and Seoul, South Korea. She holds an M.A. in Government from Georgetown University and B.A. in Political Science from Ewha Women’s University in Korea. She has advocated for leadership, politics, and policies for the APA community through panels, workshops, seminars, and Hill visits.


Koo said, “I am extremely honored and delighted. I would like to add diversity, new ideas, and vitality to both our organization and the APA community. But I still have a long way to go, so I will ask advice from other distinguished leaders who have been my role models. Our communities currently face many political and economic challenges. But this is the right moment for APAs to make sure their voices are heard and for their representatives to work together. I believe our organization’s mission and programs could contribute to this vision.”


ILF has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as a non-profit organization. Its 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. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 15 cities and two continents, comprised of professional, civic and business leaders. Since its founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for thousands of talented APA college students from across the country.


ILF also discusses policy priorities through interactions with U.S Congress, government agencies, and other non-profit partners in D.C. for minority community development and more representation of APAs in local and national-level decision-making processes. The Honorable Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor and the nominee for Secretary of Transportation for the upcoming Trump administration, is the Honorary Chairwoman of ILF, while the Honorable Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation and Commerce serves as Honorary Chairman.