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. 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 non-profit 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 human rights conditions in North Korea as a member of the North Korea Freedom Coalition since around 2006. Greg received his Master’s degree in China Studies from the University of Hawai’i and subsequently managed leadership programs for visitors from China at the University of Maryland and then worked at a nonprofit arranging fellowships for emerging 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, assisting with fundraising events and other activities that raise awareness about the plight of North Korean defectors.

44705_145254275497968_7089650_nJuan Sim
Event Manager

Juan Sim is Vocalist and Event Manager in NKinUSA. With over 10 years of experience as a tenor and vocal coach, Sim has many opera performance experiences in South Korea and the United States. Sim performed as Finalist at Kollaboration DC, and performed at George Mason Opera and Bel-Cantanti-Opera, Washinton-Solist-ensemble, and NBA Music Performance.

Sim graduated from Seokyeong University in South Korea with a Bachelor in Music where he studied under Professor Seok-heon Ham. During his time at Seokyeong University, he performed the opera buffas Il matrimonio segreto in 2007 as Paolino and Cosi fan tutte in 2009 as Ferrando and performed alongside the Seokyeong Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In coming to the United States, he continued to grace the stage with his performance of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at George Mason Opera 2011 where he is currently studies under Professor Patricia Miller.