Champions of Change
Hee Joo Yoon is the Program Director at Korean Resource Center (KRC). Founded in 1983, KRC currently serves over 11,000 community members annually, predominantly low-income Limited English Proficient Korean American immigrants. Ms. Yoon formally joined KRC as program director in January of 2005 after working nearly twelve years as a volunteer at KRC. She has over two decades of experience in strategic planning, program planning and evaluation, capacity building, fiscal management, fundraising, community outreach, and management of multicultural teams and projects. Her project expertise is financial empowerment for low-income and immigrants. She provides workshops on foreclosure prevention, housing counseling, volunteer income tax assistance (VITA), and credit education, as well as individual counseling for hundreds of community members every year. Ms. Yoon has launched KRC's foreclosure prevention counseling program in 2008 as part of the organization's financial empowerment project. With Ms. Yoon's tireless efforts, KRC has become a HUD approved housing counseling agency in July 2010. Ms. Yoon served as the national executive director of Korean Americans for Peace and Justice, as well as a board member of Caju Food Co-op, and is a member of the HanNuRi Korean American Cultural Troupe. She is a long time California resident, serving on boards and volunteering in many community advocacy campaigns. She was born in the Republic of Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991.