Our Staff

Grace Kang
Executive Director

Grace M. Kang is a lawyer with a long-held interest in North Korea. She has written editorials on North Korean human rights and published “A Case for the Prosecution of Kim Jong Il for Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide, and War Crimes” in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review in 2006. In 2003-2005, Grace was a visiting full-time lecturer and assistant professor at Seoul National University, where she taught classes on international organizations and American law. She also was a visiting professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing. She has published on North Korea in the Georgetown Security Studies Review Forum, the Washington Times, and in several Korean journals. She has also published in the Stanford Journal of International Relations, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, The Economist, The Times of London, The Observer, and other publications during her decades of experience in international relations and human rights. In addition, Grace has worked in the State Department from 2006 to 2013. She has field experience in Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Thailand, and Nepal and from 1994-2000 worked in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia in United Nations peacekeeping missions. Grace earned a B.S. in economics from Iowa State University in three years, a J.D. from Columbia University Law School, and an M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University. She is a member of the Washington, D.C., and Illinois bars.

Soon Ja Ji
Director of Strategic Planning

Soon Ja Ji was found outside of the Suwon train station in South Korea when she was about 13 months old, and then adopted to the United States where she was raised by American parents. She has worked as a paralegal and executive assistant for two decades with nonprofit organizations. She enjoys contributing to help people, and has served as the director for a Korean Culture School for adoptive Korean American families for over four years; as the volunteer coordinator for an overnight summer camp for three years; as the filmmaker liaison and film festival volunteer for eight years; and as the airport coordinator for an elderly veterans benefit organization. Soon Ja wants to support NKinUSA and the North Korean resettlers so they may achieve their goals and dreams.

Greg Forman photoGreg Forman
Director of Communications and Development

Greg Forman has been actively involved in raising awareness of the human rights crisis in North Korea as a member of the North Korea Freedom Coalition since 2006. Greg received his MA in China Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and later managed leadership programs for Chinese visitors to the University of Maryland College Park. He subsequently worked at a nonprofit organization arranging fellowships for leaders from around the world to visit the United States. He previously received his BA from Earlham College in Japan Studies and worked in Japan for five years as a teacher and as an employee of a company selling seafood. As Director of Communications & Development, Greg manages the website content and assists with fundraising events and other activities that raise awareness about the plight of North Korean defectors.