The Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) at the USC School of Social Work, a fellowship program promoting civic leadership among successful second-generation Korean Americans, have welcomed three new members to its advisory board, and appointed Suok Noh, managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., as its first president.
“As President, I am honored to provide leadership to this wonderful organization. The decisions we make and the commitment we demonstrate will set the tone for NetKAL’s success and the attention and commitment that it will be given by others” said Noh.
The 10-member advisory board was formed to provide strategic guidance and offer insights that advance NetKAL’s pursuit of strengthening Korean-American community through mentorship to emerging leaders. Among the group’s priorities are expanding programming and volunteer engagement, fundraising, and increasing outreach and communications efforts.
“NetKAL is at a critical juncture in its history and poised for dramatic growth,” said Jehoon Lee, director of NetKAL. “We’ve brought together some of the best and brightest in their respective fields, and it is a great privilege they have agreed to offer their expertise in support of NetKAL.”
About the New Members
Suok Noh is managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he is responsible for structuring and investment analysis, infrastructure building and portfolio management for mortgage-related products. He is also a founding member of Asian Special Situation Group, which invests in distressed asset-backed receivables and corporate debt. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Noh was a software engineer for Allied Signal Aerospace, where he led the research and development of digital map display systems for military aircrafts. In addition to NetKAL, he serves on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations, including the President’s Council of the Korean American Community Foundation in New York.
Timothy Haahs is the president and CEO of Timothy Haahs & Associates Inc., a leading engineering and architectural design firm. He is also the founding pastor of Calvary Vision Church in Pennsylvania and serves on the board of directors for the Jesus Awakening Movement for America and Biblical Theological Seminary. Haahs regularly participates in speaking engagements and recently presented to the United Nations on “cellular development” to create self-sustaining communities.
Mimi Song is the president and CEO of Superior Grocers, one of the largest independently owned grocery store chains in Southern California. Song has more than 30 years of experience in the supermarket industry, and under her leadership, Superior Grocers has created a true partnership with the community by being a strong supporter of education. The Superior Foundation, the company’s non-profit arm, provides ongoing support to schools, youth programs and scholarship programs. Song also serves on the board of directors of the Council of Korean Americans and is a lifetime member.
John Suh is the CEO and board member of LegalZoom, one of the most recognized legal brands in the country. The company utilizes technology and a network of law firms to create innovative and affordable legal solutions. Prior to LegalZoom, Suh was CEO of StudioDirect, the Internet division of a global supply chain company, Li and Fung. He also co-founded and served as CEO of Castling Group, which helps offline companies create their Internet divisions and launched category leaders such as, jcrew.com and hifi.com.