Board of Directors

Korean Americans for Political Action (KAPA) is a 501(c)(4) non-partisan, non-profit membership organization born in 2017 as Korean Americans in Action. In 2019, the board voted to re-position and rename the organization to better fulfill its mission, which is to drive awareness and engagement of Korean Americans in American politics.  Presently, there is no other organization like KAPA that works to help Americans of Korean descent seek elected and appointed office at the Federal, State and municipal levels.

John Lim

John Lim, Board Chair

John Lim is co-founder and Managing Partner of LimNexus LLP, a leading minority-owned corporate boutique firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. As a corporate lawyer since 1982, John has represented a broad array of clients and handled numerous complicated and sophisticated transactions.

A 1982 graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, John has been selected as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” several times. In addition to chairing KAPA’s board, John serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and the UC Hastings Foundation. He and his partners provide scholarships to diverse law students through the LimNexus Foundation.

Grounded in his firm conviction to further equal opportunity and equal access to justice, John actively supports groups and causes that serve the disadvantaged and marginalized.

Leezie Kim, Board Secretary

Leezie Kim recently returned to private practice in Phoenix, Arizona as an attorney after two and a half years living in Washington DC as a White House appointee as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her time in Washington, DC, Leezie served as the General Counsel to Governor Janet Napolitano in Arizona, where Leezie grew up and practiced law for a dozen years. Leezie is remains active in state and federal politics and most recently served on the transition team to the newly elected Phoenix Mayor.

Leezie graduated from the University of Virginia School of law in 1996, where she met her husband, Gary Restaino. He is the criminal chief of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

T. James Min, Board Member

T. James Min II is currently a Partner with the law firm of LimNexus LLP in their Washington DC office where he specializes in international trade law including customs, export control, economic sanctions, CFIUS, corporate internal investigations, free trade agreements, etc. He was formerly the Vice President and Chair of the International Trade Law Practice for the Deutsche Post DHL Group. Prior to DHL, James practiced international trade law in both the private and public sectors, including as a trade adviser to the Bush Administration and adviser to the governments of Russia, Ukraine, Arab League nations, as well as global institutions such as the UN and the World Trade Organization.

James has served on the boards of the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, the International Air Cargo Association, and a US-based nonprofit organization operating in North Korea since 1997. He obtained his undergraduate, MA, and law degrees at The Johns Hopkins University and The American University. He is a member and legal advisor to the National Committee on North Korea. He is a member of the Federalist Society, National Republican Lawyers Association, the NRA, and other conservative organizations. James resides outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sukhee Kang

Hon. Sukhee Kang, Board Member

Born and raised in South Korea, Sukhee Kang came to the United States in 1977 after graduating from Korea University.  Shortly after the L.A. Riots in 1992, Sukhee became actively involved in the Southern California Korean American community where he served as chairman of the Korean American Coalition Orange County and president of the Korean American Scholarship Foundation, Western Region.

Sukhee Kang made history when he became the first Korean American Mayor of a major American city. Sukhee was elected to the Irvine City Council in 2004, re-elected in 2006 and elected Mayor in 2008 and re-elected with 64.1% of the vote in 2010. He termed out as mayor in 2012. Since then, Sukhee served as Special Advisor to the Chancellor of UC Irvine, Adjunct Professor and Chancellor Fellow at Chapman University. He currently serves as Senior Executive Advisor at Teletron Inc, a nationwide retail electronics super store chain.

In his distinguished public service career, Sukhee Kang has won numerous awards for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments, including “Immigrants, The Pride of America” by the Carnegie Corporation in New York. He is author of “The Power of Possibility – My American Journey” published in 2014. His immigrant success story was featured in “Global Success Story” by KBS, a nationwide TV network in Korea.

David L. Kim, Board Member and Interim Executive Director

David L. Kim is the CEO of The IAMBIC Group, a marketing and public affairs firm that develops marketing, CSR and communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit groups. Prior to rejoining The IAMBIC Group, he was Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Engagement at the AARP, responsible for increasing the awareness, relevance and engagements in the multicultural segments of a 37-million member organization.

David also served as the Chief of Staff at the United States Mint, advising the Director on all domestic and international policy and communications matters. At the conclusion of his appointment, he was awarded the United States Treasury Citation Medal for Exemplary Service from Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. Previously, he was the Director of Asian Marketing and Multicultural Community Relations at Anheuser-Busch Companies in St. Louis where he established first-time signature branded lifestyle marketing platforms.  He developed a community outreach network of over 500 Asian non-profit, trade and community organizations. For his work with the community, he was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

David serves on several national boards, including the Board of Advisors for the Duke University Libraries, Board of Trustees for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the Multicultural Marketing Advisory Board for Diageo.

Andy Kim

Andy Kim, General Counsel

Andrew Chongseh Kim is a litigator at Greenberg Traurig LLP in Houston, Texas. He represents clients in disputes related to energy, commercial transactions, trade secrets, and governmental investigations. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Andrew spent several years as a law school professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and Concordia University School of Law. His sophisticated statistical research has been published in top-50 law reviews and cited in briefs to the United States Supreme Court. He is a passionate advocate and is frequently quoted in the news on disparities in espionage prosecutions that affect the Asian American community. Andrew graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds the title of Visiting Scholar at South Texas College of Law.