Advisory Board

One of the key intellectual assets of KAPA is our Advisory Board, which is comprised of well-known experts in the fields of politics, law, business, academia, and community relations.  We look to them for strategic guidance based on their many years of experience, vast network of contacts and belief in our mission.

Mike Eng

Hon. Mike Eng

Former State Assemblyman Mike Eng currently serves as a full time Board Member of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, which consists of 5 attorneys appointed by the Governor and the State Legislature to decide thousands of legal appeals a year regarding unemployment insurance, disability insurance, and tax issues related to the workplace.

Mike previously served as Vice Chair, Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees; Mayor of the city of Monterey Park; Vice Chair of the California Acupuncture Board; and was an immigration lawyer for 40 years. Mike started the region’s first city commission on the Environment composed of high school students and residents.

Mike served six years as a California Assemblyman during which time he chaired the influential California Assembly Committee on Banking and Finance. Mike currently is on the Faculty of California State University, Los Angeles where he teaches in the College of Business and Economics. Mike earned his Law Degree at UCLA School of Law and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Hawaii.

Hon. Mike Honda

Hon. Michael M. Honda

Serving in Congress from 2001 to 2017, Honda won the 2000 Democratic nomination for the 15th District, which had once been represented by Norman Mineta. Due to redistricting after the 2010 US Census, Honda began representing the California’s 17th congressional district at the beginning of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013. The district incorporates Silicon Valley, which is the only Asian American-majority district in the continental United States. He won again in 2014. He lost the election for California’s 17th congressional district election in 2016 to Ro Khanna.

Initially involved in education in California, he first became active in politics in 1971, when San Jose mayor Norman Mineta appointed Honda to the city’s Planning Commission. After holding other positions, Honda was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 1990, and to the California State Assembly in 1996, where he served until 2001.

On the issue of comfort women, in 2007 Honda proposed US H.Res. 121, which stated that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner, refute any claims that the issue of comfort women never occurred, and educate current and future generations “about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the ‘comfort women’.”

Dr. Jerry Kang

Dr. Jerry Kang

Jerry Kang is Distinguished Professor of Law, Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies, and was the inaugural Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair in Law and Korean American Studies (2010-20). He graduated magna cum laude from both Harvard College (physics) and Harvard Law School, where he was a supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review.  After clerking for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he started his professorship at UCLA in 1995. A leading scholar on implicit bias and critical race studies, Professor Kang collaborates broadly across disciplines and industries on various scholarly, educational, and advocacy projects.  An inspiring teacher, he has received UCLA’s highest recognition: the Eby Art of Teaching Distinguished Teaching Award. He recently stepped down as UCLA’s Founding Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (2015-20) after completing a five year mission to “build equity for all.”

Alexander Kim

Alex Kim

Alexander J. Kim is a shareholder in the Minneapolis office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP. He protects companies’ inventions by acquiring patents and the associated monopoly rights for the companies. Alex has wide-ranging experience in prosecuting patent applications in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Alex knows how to strategize domestic and international intellectual property rights so that the companies can be positioned to reach their business goals. Alex has a background in physics, chemistry, biophysics, computational biology, and physiology. He has deep knowledge across a broad range of technologies and industries, including space vehicles, robots, optics and lenses, blockchain, construction, automotive, heavy industrial machines, chemicals, biomedical devices, diagnostic methods, displays, e-commerce, HVAC systems and controls, network systems, communication systems, energy storages, and alternative energies.

Mr. Kim currently serves as the President of the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), and is the founder of the Korean American Bar Association of Minnesota (KABAMN). Mr. Kim has served as the President of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MNAPABA), and as the Co-Chair of the 1st Annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Central Region Convention.

Joanne Kim

Joanne Kim

Joanne Kim is the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Commonwealth Business Bank, as known as CBB Bank, one of the fastest growing banks in the United States.  Ms. Kim has led CBB Bank since April of 2011.

A graduate of Korea University, Ms. Kim has since built her banking career in the United States.  Previously, Ms. Kim served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a Member of the Board of Directors for Wilshire Bank and its holding company.

Under her leadership, CBB Bank achieved a milestone of $1 billion in total assets in 2017.

Pearl Kim

Pearl Kim

Pearl Kim was a candidate for Congress during the 2018 midterm elections in Pennsylvania and currently serves on the board and works with GRACE, a national non-profit conducting investigations of child abuse and other forms of abuse within churches and other religious organizations.  Prior to that Ms. Kim practiced Immigration law and was previously appointed to the Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General as a Senior Deputy Attorney General.  Kim served in the Executive Office under the newly formed Office of Public Engagement launched by the Attorney General and led the AG’s Campus Safety Initiative. Formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Kim was Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division.  As a special victims unit prosecutor, Ms. Kim handled Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.

Governor Corbett and Governor Wolf appointed Ms. Kim to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.  The Legal Intelligencer has recognized Ms. Kim as one of the 2011 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as one of the 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, and as one of the 2012 Women of the Year. The American Bar Association awarded Ms. Kim the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award for her efforts as a special victims prosecutor, and she was the recipient of the Government Attorney of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2015.  Ms. Kim obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship, and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

Hon. Daniel Koh

Hon. Daniel Koh

Dan Koh is the Chief Operating Officer of a HqO, a software platform designed to change the way we interact with the world around us.  He has played a key role in growing the company to almost 100 employees, $51 million in capital raised, and 110 million square feet under management.

At the age of 29, he was tapped to be the Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, where he championed data-driven approaches to governing and city services.  Prior to that he had been at the Huffington Post in a variety of roles, including Chief of Staff to its founder, Arianna Huffington.

Dan is Korean-Lebanese.  His father and uncle both served President Obama in Senate-confirmed leadership positions at the Health and Human Services and State Departments, respectively.

Taeku Lee

Dr. Taeku Lee

Taeku Lee is George Johnson Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His interests are in racial and ethnic politics; immigrant political incorporation; public opinion and survey research; identity and inequality; deliberative and participatory democracy.

Lee is currently Associate Dean of Berkeley School of Law and Managing Director of Asian American Decisions. He has also been co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey, served on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies (twice) and the General Social Survey, and is serving his second term on the National Advisory Committee for the US Census Bureau. He was previously Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, and has visited as Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Yale, Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Lee was born in South Korea, grew up in rural Malaysia, Manhattan, and suburban Michigan, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools, the University of Michigan (A.B.), Harvard University (M.P.P.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). He is a crossword enthusiast, tennis junkie, and “Dad joke” maven.

Mimi McAndrews

Hon. Mimi McAndrews

Mimi McAndrews is an attorney in the West Palm Beach office of Cole, Scott& Kissane, P.A. She practices in the areas of Insurance defense, including first party property claims and insurance coverage disputes. Ms. McAndrews also has experience defending professionals sued for malpractice, including attorneys and engineers, and defending insurers in disputes involving various types of insurance policies, including commercial general liability and auto policies. Ms. McAndrews’ experience also includes governmental experience as a city attorney and former service in the Florida Legislature.

Ms. McAndrews is admitted to the Florida Bar and the US District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. She was City Attorney and served in the Florida State Legislature, representing District 85 from 1992-1994. She was the first and perhaps only Korean American ever elected to the Florida State Legislature. She has her JD from Georgetown.