Kate emigrated from Seoul, Korea to Olympia, Washington when she was 15 years old. “It was a drastic culture shock moving from a major urban city to a small town.” She says growing up in an immigrant family and multicultural environment helped her see the value of diversity and inclusion. “I believe that people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures can work together to create deeper impact in this world.”
After completing dual undergraduate degrees in business administration and Japanese at the University of Washington, Kate worked for an international trading firm in Seattle. Kate then pursued a career in hospitality which led her to New York City, Phoenix, and San Francisco. When she discovered that she liked working with people more than working with numbers, she returned to the Seattle area to work at Starbucks as a communications specialist and, most recently, at CRISTA Ministries as a manager in the office of the president and CEO.
Kate was drawn to Group Health Foundation because of its health equity mission. “I was motivated to help propel the mission of health equity in Washington and support those who have been marginalized because of institutional and systemic barriers.” She will be working as the executive assistant to the CEO and board of directors, providing administrative and project support on a range of initiatives. She’s eager to contribute to making the day-to-day operations run smoothly for staff, vendors, and community partners.
Outside of work, Kate loves the daily workout and stretching routine that keeps her grounded. She also enjoys volunteering as a teacher in the children’s ministry at her church. Between work, volunteering, and family, Kate rarely finds free time; when she does, she enjoys reading non-fiction books, watching movies, and sipping green tea. “The art and beauty of preparing a cup of tea relaxes me, and drinking tea helps me stay healthy.”