International Forum on One Korea 2017:

Solutions to the Korean Peninsula Crisis


NOVEMBER 14-15 | Washington, D.C.


Hyepin Christine Im

President & Founder

Korean Churches for Community Development

Ms. Hyepin Im is a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service and serves as President and Founder of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a national nonprofit involved in empowering churches and nonprofits to leverage their resources by building capacity, leadership, and partnerships in economic development and serving as a bridge between the Korean/Asian American community and the greater community at large. Since its inception in 2001, KCCD has had over 300 partners, ranging from the White House to Fortune 500 companies.Successful initiatives include educating over 8000 home buyers and helping them receive over $1.4 million in downpayment assistance, saving over $86 million in mortgages from foreclosure, partnering with both FDIC and Freddie Mac in developing a Korean curriculum in financial literacy and homeownership, implementing a historic $5 million U.S. Department of Labor workforce development program, and hosting joint conferences with the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to mobilize 5000 Korean American churches for economic development.

Ms. Im is a frequent speaker who has been on CNN and NPR and who has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. She has presented at numerous conferences including at the White House, U.S. Department of Labor, Christian Community Development Association, and Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. She serves on the U.S. Army Advisory Board, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Western Partner for the Council on Foreign Relations, and L.A. County Supervisor’s Empowerment Congress. In 2012, she was honored as Woman of Action by California Speaker of the Assembly John Perez.

She was selected twice as Pioneer Woman of the Year by Council President Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Tom LaBonge. She was also recognized by LAUSD School Board member as a Trailblazer for her work and advocacy for students. Los Angeles Magazine featured Ms. Im as “Ten Inspirational Women of Los Angeles in their September 2013 issue. Her previous positions include venture capitalist for Renaissance Capital Partners, Sponsorship Manager for California Science Center, and Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young. She has a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley, M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and M.Div., summa cum laude, from Wesley Theological Seminary.