For the past 10 years, KACL has invited AAPI leaders from around the county to speak about their experiences with the next generation of young leaders. This year, our theme is “Breaking Barriers and Empowering Change.”


2023 Young Leaders Symposium

November 11, 2023 | 12-4 PM

Four Points by Sheraton Boston Newton (Charles Ballroom)

320 Washington Street Newton, MA 02458



We are thrilled to welcome several distinguished guests as speakers, including HJ Lee, Founder and Executive Director of; Danae Bucci, WCVB Channel 5 News Reporter; David Namkung, Founder and Managing Partner, Clarity Partners; and Lisa Flores, Director of Sales and Marketing of Columbus Hospitality Group.

KACL will provide lunch and an opportunity to network with the speakers and fellow attendees. We have limited seating available and recommend that interested individuals RSVP as soon as possible. Current students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend!

Garage parking is available at $4/hour. The hotel is accessible by public transportation and is a one-minute walk from the Washington St @ Bacon St MBTA bus stop.

Please email with questions.

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2022 Young Leaders Symposium Speakers

Theme: “Building Your Own Identity.”

We were thrilled to have had Sam Hyun, Director of Federal Relations for the City of Boston, Sarah Kim, General Counsel to the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts, and Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of King Boston as speakers.

Sam Hyun, Director of Federal Relations for the City of Boston and Mayor Michelle Wu

Prior to serving as the Director of Federal Relations for the City of Boston and Mayor Michelle Wu, Sam was the Political Director for Sonia Chang-Diaz’s Gubernatorial Campaign, as well as having worked for former Massachusetts House Speaker, Robert DeLeo. Sam also formerly served as the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission. He is also a public speaker on racial and social justice. Further, Sam completed his Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Poverty Alleviation, as well as a Master of Business Administration with a focus on Social Impact, both at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Sarah Kim, Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel for the Office of the Massachusetts State
Treasurer & Receiver General

Sarah G. Kim is a Deputy Treasurer and General Counsel for the Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer & Receiver General. As a Deputy Treasurer, Ms. Kim has general oversight of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. As General Counsel, Ms. Kim manages the team that provides support to the Treasury and its affiliated agencies on various legal issues, including the open meetings, ethics, public records, and campaign finance laws. Ms. Kim also advises senior staff on strategic policy, procurement, employment, and litigation issues.

On a temporary basis, Ms. Kim was appointed by State Treasurer, Deborah G. Goldberg, to be the interim Chairperson of the Cannabis Control Commission, an appointment she held for four months. As chair, Ms. Kim lead the Commission’s monthly public meetings, discussed the Commission’s data-driven approach to setting policy at the Sixth Annual Research Symposium on Marijuana, and worked with internal teams to craft guidance and standard operating procedures.

Before joining the Treasury, Ms. Kim was an Assistant Attorney General in the Fraud and Financial Crimes Division of Office of the Attorney General. There, Ms. Kim investigated and prosecuted alleged theft of money and services from businesses and individuals. Prior to that, Ms. Kim was an attorney in the litigation practice group of Bingham McCutchen LLP (now Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP). Ms. Kim represented institutional and individual clients responding to investigations of potential violations of securities laws. She also assisted in defending against class action law suits alleging violations of federal and state securities laws.
Ms. Kim is a member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Asian Community Fund of the Boston Foundation. Ms. Kim is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law and Dartmouth College.

Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director King Boston

Imari K. Paris Jeffries is the executive director of King Boston. A military veteran, he has served in executive roles at several Boston non-profits. Imari serves as a trustee of the UMass system, as well as on the boards of USES and Governor Baker’s Black Advisory Commission. He is pursuing his Ph.D. through UMass Boston’s higher education program.