Mimi has been the Illinois Executive Director since 2012. Her path to Stand has been somewhat improbable but proven to be the perfect platform to tap into her legal expertise and the causes she is most passionate about.
Mimi is a former partner at Kirkland & Ellis where she worked on strategic alliances for companies with significant intellectual property and technology. She then moved to Tribune Company, where she led legal affairs for its education publishing division and its IP assets. Mimi has also served on the board of directors of several non-profits. She has held leadership roles in political campaigns and local referenda, served as President of the advisory and research committee to a school board, and been a PTA President and room mom. When opposition organized against the local high school’s hosting of a seminar day on the struggle for racial civil rights, she co-led a successful campaign that garnered national attention and deep community support for the school.
Under Mimi’s leadership, Stand Illinois has progressed from a start-up to a robust statewide organization supported by a membership base focused on positive activism. It has championed major policy changes, particularly in the areas of equitable funding and college and career readiness, and published several reports which influenced legislation. Stand Illinois has also innovated and scaled a suite of programs focused on family engagement and community organizing. It has partnered with over 25 neighborhood public schools in under-resourced communities of Chicago. Mimi served on Governor Pritzker’s educational success transition committee and often represents Stand in the media.
Raised in Texas by Korean immigrants, Mimi has been firmly ensconced in Illinois since college. She earned her B.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She loves gardening and taking cooking lessons with her husband and young-adult children.