Hon. Sukhee Kang

Chairman Emeritus

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 superstore 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 the 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.