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Los Angeles Times - Posted on 9/10/2013 8:00:00 AM by Shayna Rose Arnold
The founder of Korean Churches for Community Development urges faith leaders to use their pulpits for social change
Why she does it: When pastors answer the call to ministry, they think they will be preaching the word of God and saving souls. But they are more often called upon to respond to community issues—the need for housing, jobs, disaster readiness, you name it. Unfortunately, many don’t know how to leverage their resources, expand their outreach, and impact policies that would translate into developments for their congregation. That’s where we come in. Her greatest challenge: When people talk about who has needs in this country, they usually talk about the black and the brown, and the Asian community is left out wholesale. People consider us a minority only when it hurts us, but not when it would be to our benefit. Her proudest moment: In 2012, KCCD commemorated the anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. Our dream was to bring together the different stakeholders of 21 years ago—the LAPD, the African American community, and local Korean business owners. Organizing it was tough, but on April 29 we had 1,500 people turn out for the event. We mourned the lives lost and the ugliness of the past, and then we lifted up those who had helped to rebuild L.A.
"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity"- Leo Tolstoy
Hyepin Im, KCCD President & CEO
Hyepin Im, KCCD President & CEO
Ms. Hyepin Im is the Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD), a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to build the capacity of churches to increase the scale of their economic development work. Under Ms. Im's leadership, KCCD sponsors annual national conferences, provides consumer education seminars and classes, and sponsors initiatives for small business development, marriage and family strengthening, healthcare, homeownership, and research in the Korean community. Ms. Im has been involved in various professional capacities related to faith-based economic development work, including her work as a venture capitalist for Renaissance Capital Partners. In March 2001, Hyepin was selected to be a German Marshall Fund American Memorial Marshall Fellow, where she traveled to Europe over a 23-day period for the purpose of building transatlantic relationships. She is a graduate of the Coro Leadership Southern California, and frequently speaks at numerous events on leadership, community service, fundraising, faith-based economic development, and the Asian American community. Hyepin serves on various boards and leadership groups that aid in community development including the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. She is also currently a U.S. Presidential Appointee on the Board for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ms. Im has been featured in numerous interviews with CNN, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio and other media including Korean media. In 2013, she was recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of “L.A.’s Most Inspiring Women.”