About KAC-WA

about KAC washington

We are a non-profit, non-partisan community organization. Our mission is to strengthen and empower the Korean American community and to enhance its profile and influence through:

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civic edu. & participation

At the KAC-WA, we believe that an informed and engaged community is the foundation for a thriving democracy.

leadership development

We recognize the importance of cultivating strong leaders within the Korean American community.

community advocacy

The Korean American Coalition is a staunch advocate for the needs and interests of Korean Americans in Washington State.

where it all began

Started in early 2002 by Korean American leaders who recognized the need for Korean American civic participation and representation under the name Korean American Voters Alliance (KAVA), volunteers set up massive voter registration drives and launched civic education programs. In September 2002, KAVA held its kick-off convention, drawing over 2,500 attendees.

In October 2006, KAVA became the official Washington State Chapter of the National Korean American Coalition (KAC) which facilitates the Korean American community’s participation in civic, legislative, and community affairs and has grown into a national organization with 15 chapters across the country. In January 2008, Korean American Professionals Society (KAPS) of Seattle merged with KAC-WA to combine the resources and purposes of the two organizations, and to further strengthen the Korean American community.

board of directors

We serve the mission to strengthen and empower the Korean-American community to enhance its profile and influence through civic education and participation, community advocacy, leadership development and networking.


sam cho


gloria shin


jung kim


julie kang

president 2017-2018

thomas lee

president 2015-2016

soona kim

KAC board

cheryl lee

KAC board

shari song

KAC board

yunee ham

KAC board

joseph hong

KAC board

arry yu

KAC board

Make a difference in the lives of Korean Americans and support our community's growth.

Together, we can create a brighter future for all Korean Americans. Your contribution matters!