As the Chief Innovation Officer of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), Sylvia will be leading the National Asian American Community Foundation project – a new national philanthropic initiative which will amplify APCF’s mission and vision across different regions in Southern California and beyond. Sylvia has over a decade of experience in non-profit community work and is an international human rights lawyer specializing in North Korean human rights. She has been recognized for her community leadership and human rights work by local, national and international agencies including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Best Under 40), the International Association of Korean Lawyers (Public Interest award), the Orange County Bar Association (Courage Award for Diversity & Inclusion) and the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders. Sylvia is also a member of the National Committee on North Korea and an associate member of the Council of Korean Americans. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Sylvia co-founded Canada’s largest human rights organization for North Korean human rights and practiced criminal law as both a defense attorney and as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Sylvia received her Bachelor’s degree at Queen’s University, her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (LL.M. equivalent) at Oxford University.