Korean Community Service Center’s (KCSC) mission is to assist and empower Asian Americans and new immigrants to become well-adjusted and fully contributing members of the United States through social services, education, advocacy, and development of resources.
Kate Hilton-Hawyward, Director of Development, KCSC
Kate Hilton-Hayward joined Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington as the Director of Development in May 2014, having previously served as a consultant to the agency since 2006. Ms. Hayward is currently responsible for leading KCSC’s advancement program as adopted by the Board of Directors. In addition, she designs, implements, and manages all fundraising activities, public relations, and marketing plans for KCSC. She has worked in the field of U.S. immigrant and refugee integration for more than twenty-five years including over fifteen years with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), one of ten National Voluntary Agencies with more than 50 partner agencies across the US. While at USCRI, Ms. Hayward was a program monitor of the Reception and Placement Agreement with the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and an evaluator of several large grants with the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Hayward also created a cultural orientation program for refugee women from East Africa and the Middle East focusing on reproductive health and educating newly resettled Somali, Sudanese, and Kurdish women about US laws concerning female genital cutting.
She was also a member of Refugee Council USA’s Washington Liaison Group (WLG), conducting both legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of national-level refugee organizations in the USA to support adequate funding for humanitarian overseas assistance for refugees and a robust refugee resettlement program.
Ms. Hayward was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College in England and Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Studio Art (painting). In 2017, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia. She is currently making plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health.
Ji-Young Cho, Executive Director, KCSC
KCSC’s Executive Director, Ji-Young Cho, holds a master’s degree in Family Studies from Seoul National University, Korea and a doctoral degree in Public and Community Health from the University of Maryland in College Park. Dr. Cho has an advanced-level skill set in public health policy, program planning, and evaluation. She has extensive experience with serving the Korean community and more than 10 years’ experience managing and sustaining various projects successfully. Dr. Cho joined KCSC in 2008 and worked previously as KCSC’s Director of Programs. She became KCSC’s 6th appointed Executive Director in August, 2010. Dr. Cho provides administrative and financial oversight to the organization and overall programmatic supervision. In 2011, Dr. Cho was selected by the Korea Times (one of the most influential Korean newspapers) as one of the “Korean 30”, for her selfless contribution to society and outstanding performance in the field of health and human services.