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So Yong Park

So Yong Park ’87, a CC history major, is the former director of corporate development at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. Before starting her work in the nonprofit sector, she worked in software marketing in Silicon Valley. She took a significant pay cut in her transfer to work in fundraising, but as a life-long community volunteer, decided she was better suited to making a tangible impact. So Yong has dedicated herself to educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students and to socioeconomic inequality within the Korean American community. In 2014, she helped found the Korean American Community Foundation-San Francisco (KACF-SF) with friends, which seeks to “raise awareness of needs and issues, promote self-sufficiency, and foster a culture of philanthropy” in the Korean American community. KACF-SF provides grants to local organizations in San Francisco and raises awareness about the problems that the community faces. She has just completed a four-year term with the Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation, an education foundation which supports the educational efforts of local high schools and is a current board member of the Parents Club of Stanford.