David Ko is passionate about putting health back into the hands of individuals, families and communities. As president and COO of Rally Health, he leads a digital health company that develops online and mobile solutions that make it easy for consumers to take charge of their health and health care. Rally’s solutions are currently available to more than 30 million people through health plans, care providers, and more than 200,000 employers.
Prior to joining Rally in September 2013, David had established himself as a leader in consumer engagement at renowned technology companies like Yahoo! and Zynga, where he focused on mobile, gaming, content and Internet services.
He presently serves on the board of overseers at his alma mater New York University Stern School of Business where in 2016 he established the NYU Stern Venture Fellows program for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Born in Maryland and raised in northern New Jersey, his Korean American roots and tradition has defined him both professionally and personally. He feels fortunate to have had many opportunities to visit his grandparents in Seoul during his childhood. Today, family continues to come first. He’s a proud ‘dance’ dad to two daughters who are both passionate about singing and dancing. The Ko Family also skis together as a way to bond and enjoy family time while of course, staying healthy!
Karen Ha, a beloved founder and co-chair of the KACF-SF Board of Directors, passed away on September 1, 2017, succumbing to cancer after a long and brave battle. She was an extraordinary individual who embodied kindness, wise intelligence, strong leadership, and big-heartedness. She was instrumental in establishing and growing KACF-SF to be the thriving organization it is today. Karen is remembered with deep love and admiration by all of us at KACF-SF and by all who were fortunate to have known her and been touched by her warmth and generosity.
During our organization’s early startup days, Karen brought discipline and professionalism to the group of passionate founders, combining a no-nonsense, practical approach with warmth and good humor. Karen went on to serve as our fearless Board Co-Chair, leading the organization with her keen wisdom, indefatigable energy, and unbridled enthusiasm. She always pushed us to stretch for higher goals, stating confidently that she had always met and exceeded her goals. And true to her words, we reached and exceeded our fundraising goals each year, beyond our wildest expectations. While never losing sight of those lofty goals, no task was too small for Karen either. She could always be counted on to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty wherever help was needed.
Karen’s work with KACF-SF came from her heart — she could not talk about the plight of Korean seniors without tearing, and there was no good cause she did not want to support. Her genuine compassion and generosity challenged and inspired each of us to become more compassionate and generous. During her time with KACF-SF, Karen tirelessly advanced the Foundation’s values and vision of an empowered Korean American community that helps the most vulnerable and that encourages those better off to give back. She did all this while dealing with the daunting physical challenges of her illness.
Karen’s positive outlook on life, her energy and caring also served her well in a successful career as a software executive and in venture capital. Karen was a member of Sand Hill Angels, a partner at Athena Technology Ventures, and director at StartingPoint Partners, firms that invest in high-tech startups. Previously, Karen spent 14 years at enterprise software companies, most notably as a co-founder and CEO of Savvio, where she raised $13 million in venture funding.
Karen received her B.S. and M.S. from MIT in Ocean Engineering and Systems Management. It was at MIT that she met her husband and life partner, Perry Ha, who has also been her partner in philanthropy. Karen’s volunteerism included serving on the Corporate Development Committee at MIT, the MIT Public Service Center Leadership Council, and the MIT Alumni Association’s Fund Board. Karen also sat on the Board of the Network of Korean American Leaders and was a member of the Council of Korean Americans.
We honor and celebrate Karen’s life and many accomplishments, among them her enduring contributions to KACF-SF. Her legacy of generosity, along with her indomitable spirit and grace, will forever be remembered and cherished, and will guide all of us at KACF-SF in the months and years to come as we continue our work to help those less fortunate in our community.
Lisa Kim is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who has significant experience both at the local and national levels. Most recently, she anchored the evening news at KNTV/NBC Bay Area. Before arriving in the Bay Area, she reported and anchored at MSNBC. Ms. Kim is currently a media relations consultant at Stanford Health Care, one of the most respected medical institutions in the world.
A second-generation Korean American, Ms. Kim’s parents came to the U.S. for their college education and PhD’s. She grew up in a traditional Korean family, with great respect for Korean customs and traditions. Her grandmother was largely responsible for nurturing those traditions, and ensuring the family continued to honor them. Ms. Kim takes great pride in her ethnicity, participating in various Korean American events in the Bay Area. Representing her culture is of great importance to her, both personally and professionally.
Ms. Kim received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University. She now lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two teenage sons.
Susan was most recently the CEO of EatWith, a Greylock Partners-backed global marketplace for communal dining, bringing chefs and foodies together one meal at a time. The marketplace currently features over 800 home chefs in 50 countries and 160 cities around the world. Prior to EatWith, she was CEO of Plum District, an e-commerce start-up that under her leadership, grew to over 2 million members and was one of the largest e-commerce platforms and media properties dedicated to delivering high-quality, vetted products and services to moms. Susan also served as VP of Operations and Finance at Minted.com, a social commerce start-up; Chief of Staff, North America Marketplaces at eBay where she was responsible for setting product strategy and allocating engineering resources across the company; and Head of Commerce Operations at Google where she scaled the operations team to support the launch of Google Offers, Google Wallet and Google Shopping Express. Susan began her career as a management consultant in the Media and Entertainment practice of Booz Allen Hamilton.
Susan served on the founding board of the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco, co-chairs the annual fund at The Nueva School, and mentors entrepreneurs for start-up incubators MuckerLab and SparkLabs.
Susan received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and her BA from Harvard College.
Eric J. Kim is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital, a global venture capital firm focused on consumer technology. Eric has led investments into next generation technology companies such as Kakao, Coupang, Musical.ly, Zenefits, Memebox, Viva Republica (Toss), Tophatter, Simple Contacts and Everlywell. Eric was previously a Managing Director with Maverick Capital, a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company and also worked at two high tech startups spun out of Stanford University. Eric majored in Cognitive Science (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) at Yale University where he was a member of the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. Eric also received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Eric serves on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology and on the Board of Trustees for the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University.
DANakaDAN is an alternative rap artist from Los Angeles, CA. His eclectic, high energy style draws on inspiration from everything from Macklemore, to Skrillex, to J-Cole. On top of music, DAN is known for his work with pioneer digital artists Wong Fu Productions and pioneer musicians, Far East Movement, as a lead producer + personality. Through his work with these artists he’s produced over 150 digital films, features, and music videos including his personal documentary series, AKA DAN, where he documents his life as a Korean Adoptee meeting his biological family for the first time including an identical twin brother he never knew about. HIs digital work has been seen by millions online around the world. He recently worked with NBC to put out the sequel to the documentary, AKA SEOUL, which is currently making its rounds in the Film Festival circuit. He’s been featured on MSNBC, BBC, NPR and has even been invited by the White House where he took part in activities to help amplify the work of the Asian Pacific American arts communities. As an musician he’s been able to travel the world performing and collaborating with artists from all walks of life. He’s collaborated and worked with other digital artists like David Choi, Lydia Paek, Ryan Higa, The Kinjaz, Ki Hong Lee, Clara C, and more. DAN’s second album, “Escape from L.A.” is currently available online at all music streaming platforms. For more information please visit him on social media @DANakaDAN or his website DANakaDAN.me
David Choi is a native Los Angeles singer/songwriter/producer whose songs and tracks have been heard on NBC, FOX, VH1, MTV, A&E, E!, Travel Channel, Style, PBS, Food Network, Disney, retail stores all over the USA, as well as in national commercials overseas. He has worked with brands such as Kelloggs, Starburst, American Cancer Society, GE, YesStyle, Blue Microphones, Google, Toyota, Samsung, Hyundai and JC Penney. On YouTube, David has close to a million subscribers and over 117,000,000 total video views. He has been interviewed by such notables such as Larry King (Larry King Now) and Baek Ji Yeon from “People Inside” (Korea).
David has toured all over the world performing his original songs and covers in front of thousands of people – all without being signed to a record label. He wrote and self produced all three of his albums “Only You”, “By My Side”, and “Forever and Ever” which debuted at #97 on the iTunes top album charts. He continues to tour and share his music with people from all walks of life to every corner of the world.
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