Sookyung Oh

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Sookyung Oh

Sookyung Oh is D.C. Area Director of NAKASEC. Previously she was a Public Policy Analyst at AFSCME, in Washington DC. She previously worked at The Commonwealth Institute For Fiscal Analysis, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Syracuse University, City of Philadelphia Commerce Department She is originally from Pennsylvania.

Currently, she is on the board of the ACLU-DC, the Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET), and the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR). [1]

She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University

She also studied at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Marketing Coordinator Philadelphia Public School Notebook, September 2005 – November 2006.

NAKASEC connection

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) National Mobilization: NAKASEC’s energizing health policy advocate Joyce Yin helped kick-off a national rally attended by nearly 10,000 people in Washington, D.C. to pressure the Senate and House to provide access to quality, affordable health coverage for all Americans on June 25. Representative Xavier Becerra was one of many who spoke to the importance of the public option in any health reform; he also led HCAN’s health equity townhall later that day at the Capitol Visitor’s Center, where Korean Resource Center’s community health advocate Stella Kim spoke on the importance of immigrant inclusion. That same message was conveyed earlier by Sookyung Oh at the Rhode Island town hall. Together, NAKASEC and KRC met with the offices of Representatives Joe Baca (CA-43) and Doris Matsui (CA-5), and shared key information with Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35), Diane Watson (CA-33) and Loretta Sanchez (CA-47).[2]

AAU comrades

Asian Americans United December 15, 2015 ·


— with Sookyung Oh and Neeta Patel, Betty Lui and Kay Yoon.


I think Asian Americans United is often known as a leader in 'No,' as in, 'No to a stadium in Chinatown,'" said Sookyung Oh, an AFSCME union analyst who worked part-time at Asian Americans United in college. "I think AAU is a place that says yes, that says what we need is a community garden, what we need is good schools, what we need is for Philadelphia to recognize that Chinatown is more than a tourist destination."

Based in Washington DC, Oh roots for Asian Americans United from a distance.[3]

Administrative Assistant / Chinatown Tutoring Program / Supporter Asian Americans United. September 1999 – November 2006.

Asian Americans United - 28th Anniversary

Asian Americans United November 19, 2013:

Cheers and thanks to all who volunteered (Go AAU, go!), sponsored, hosted, donated, presented, emceed, deejayed, cooked, mixed sangria, performed and celebrated at AAU's memorable 28th anniversary benefit concert/dance featuring Nobuko Miyamoto with Theo Gonzalves! Intergenerational groups presented AAU's Standing Up for Justice Awards to Grayce Uyehara, John Elliott Churchville, and 1Love Movement. Emcee Kao Khue wove the program together like poetry.

Nobuko wrote and sang a new song for the first time: ”You are the ones we've been waiting for...” And all joined in singing: ”We are the ones we've been waiting for.”

...with so much gratitude for all who build communities and work for justice.


<3 — with Eric Joselyn, Duong Nghe Ly, Matt Tae, Regina Liu Kerr, Lai Har Cheung, Srey Boss, Chi-Ser Tran, Grace Rustia, Emily P. Lawsin, Scott Kurashige, Mary Yee, Laurent Widjaya, Paul Uyehara, Alix Mariko Webb, Rorng Sorn, Senn Font, Linh Nguyen, Bryan Mercer, K. Naroen Chhin, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Neeta Patel, Tai Joselyn, Doua Xiong, Renyu Wu, John Elliott Churchville, Kavita Levy, Judy At Aau, Theo Gonzalves, Ana Cruz, Janeya Hisle, Ellen Somekawa, Wei Chen, Helen Gym, Sookyung Oh, Dawn Werme Pratson, Xu Lin, Betty Lui, Peter Van Do, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kao Nhia Kue, Jean Hunt, Teresa Engst, Alice Vuong and Maxine Chang.