THE KOREA SOCIETY

is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.

Staff Bios

  • Thomas J. Byrne joined The Korea Society as its President in August of 2015. He came to the Society from Moody's Investor Services, where he was Regional Manager, Spokesperson, and Director of Analysis for the Sovereign Risk Group in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. Before moving to Moody's in 1996, he was the Senior Economist of the Asia Department at the Institute of International Finance in Washington DC. Mr. Byrne has an MA degree in International Relations with an emphasis on economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before his graduate work, he served in South Korea for three years as a US Peace Corps volunteer.

  • Kloe Byun is a Development Officer at the Society. She assists with the implementation of membership and fundraising activities as well as arts and culture programs. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Economics and minors in Visual Communications and Studio Art. During her junior year of college, she studied finance at the University of Commerce Luigi Bocconi in Milan. In 2010, Ms. Byun earned her MA in the History of the Art Market and Connoisseurship at Christie’s Education, New York. To complement her economics and art background, she worked as a Gallery Assistant at Waterhouse & Dodd prior to joining the Society in early 2016.

  • Jonathan Corrado is Associate Policy Director at The Korea Society. He is also a translator for Daily NK, a contributor to NK Pro, and a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader. Jonathan earned an MA from Georgetown University's Asian Studies Program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a BA in anthropology and philosophy from the University of Maryland. He previously served as a graduate fellow for McLarty Associates, a volunteer analyst for the Congressional Research Service, and an FCPA due diligence investigator for Steele Compliance Solutions. 

  • Eunjung Kho is the Assistant Finance Officer at the Society. She graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a BS in Accounting. During her years at Binghamton, she served on the Executive Board of various Korean-American groups—as a Secretary, Fundraiser, and Design Editor—that promoted and planned social, educational, and cultural events for Koreans, Korean-Americans, and students on campus. She was the Secretary for Korean-American Student Association, and the Magazine Design Editor and Secretary for Han Perspective, the only bilingual publication group on campus to provide news, opinions, reviews, and arts with a focus on Korean and Korean-American culture.

  • Jane Kim is the Society’s Controller, Program Evaluation Officer and Advisor to the President. She serves as a financial officer who administers budgets, grants, human resources, finances and accounting. Previously, she worked as an equity research associate at a prestigious investment bank and a marketing strategist for a prestigious international hotel in Korea. Ms. Kim holds an MBA in finance and accounting from Fordham University and a B.S. in biology from Ewha Women’s University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.

  • Seho Kim is the Society’s Creative Director. Before 2004, Kim worked on projects for W Hotels the Store. He illustrated Go for Kids, a 425+ multi-paneled children’s book. Mr. Kim’s fine art paintings were displayed among works by nine other Asian Americans at Chambers Fine Art Gallery in New York City in an exhibition hosted by AIM (Apex-In-Motion). From 2001 to 2003, he served as a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design/New School University. Mr. Kim received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Parsons School of Design/New School University, where he was the 2003 commencement speaker. He has won numerous awards for excellence in communications design, including the 2007 & 2008 Vision Award, 2006 Inspire Award, 2006 Spotlight Award, the 2006 American Design Award and the 2005 & 2006 Magellan Award.

  • Luz Lanzot is The Korea Society’s Program Officer for Education. Ms. Lanzot joined The Korea Society in 2009 as Executive Assistant to the President after working as a Development Intern. Since 2011, she has managed educational programs such as professional development for educators, teaching artist-led workshops in NYC schools and partner institutions, and the intercultural youth leadership program Project Bridge. She also develops curriculum resources and oversees performing arts programs. Ms. Lanzot graduated from New York University with a BA in History and East Asian studies.

  • Stephen Noerper is a Korea Society senior director, Columbia University adjunct professor, and fellow with Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asia Institute and Pacific Forum CSIS. He served prior as an associate professor of international relations at New York University and taught at American University, Waseda University and the National University of Mongolia, where he was a Fulbright senior scholar. Stephen was a State Department senior analyst, associate professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, and Washington representative for the Nautilus Institute. He has authored more than seventy publications on US policy, the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. He appears on major media, is a member of the National Committee on North Korea, and is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and London School of Economics.

  • Angela I. Rhyee is the Director for Development. She supports the President’s fundraising activities, serves as the point-of-contact for key corporate and government relationships as well as for organizing the Society’s special events. Prior to joining the Society in 2015, she worked for Sejong Soloists as a development manager; later as a gala producer, serving the organization in various capacities from fundraising to external affairs. She also worked for the Great Mountains International Music Festival (Gangwon Province, Korea) as a public relations manager promoting the festival's initial years. Ms. Rhyee earned a MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Mathematics and Media Arts from Yonsei University.

  • Jahee Sargent is The Korea Society’s Korean Language Program Coordinator. She is responsible for administering program excellence, monitoring study, and managing the language instructors. She has also participated in the intercultural youth leadership program, Project Bridge as a Program Advisor since 2017. Previously, Ms. Sargent has worked in the law offices of Steven Horn and taught art workshops at Green Art Studio in Staten Island. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Se-Jong University. She studied sculpture and printmaking with the MFA program at Parsons School of Design and Art Student’s League of New York. She is a painter and print maker. She was a board member of the New York Society of Etchers from 2006 to 2012 and contributes to Carrier Pigeon Magazine.

  • As the Society’s Director of IT, Peter Stuehmke is proficient with technologies such as network administration, database administration, Web 2.0 technologies, and audio-visual production. Prior to joining the Society in April 2006, Peter Stuehmke worked in a variety of technology, support, consulting, and media-design positions. Mr. Stuehmke graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2005 with a BA in philosophy and a minor in engineering science.

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