AAPIP - NY Chapter Invites You to: A Conversation with Leaders

Wed, June 28, 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
New York

cordially invites you to
A Conversation with Leaders 

Nelson Louis
Executive Officer
Ong Family Foundation
Penny Fujiko Willgerodt
Executive Director
Prospect Hill Foundation

interviewed by
Kyung B. Yoon
Executive Director
Korean American Community Foundation 

Wednesday, June 28
3PM - 6PM
Program 3PM-5PM
Refreshments and Networking 5PM-6PM

Robin Hood Foundation
826 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10003 

Space is limited. RSVP Required.

Please join us for a conversation with Penny Fujiko Willgerodt and Nelson Louis as part of Conversations with Leaders series.


Nelson Louis is Executive Officer of The Ong Family Foundation, a private family foundation that awards grants to not-for-profit agencies located in the northeast region of the United States. Established in 1997, The Ong Family Foundation has a broad range of philanthropic interests and principally seeks to fund programs that are comprehensive, community-based and preventive in nature, with special interest in agencies that service the Asian community. The scope of program areas funded include Social Services, Education, Medicine & Health Care and Arts & Culture. To date, the Ong Family Foundation has provided over $5.2 million in donations to over one hundred local and regional non-profit organizations, and works closely with grantees to build their organizational structure and grow their financial and human capital.

Prior to working for the Ong Family Foundation, Mr. Louis was employed with the YMCA for 37 years since his graduation with a B.A. degree in Education from Queens College/CUNY in 1977. His most recent position was President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County, and prior to that, served 26 years with the YMCA of Greater New York, beginning as a Youth Coordinator and eventually served as Executive Director at two branches. Mr. Louis was active in the YMCA movement, serving as founding member of  the YUSA Asian Leadership Network and then as a delegate to the YUSA National Assembly in 2007 in the Mid Atlantic Region. He has twice been the recipient of the YMCA National AYP Award for Excellence.
Mr. Louis served on the National Advisory Committee of the Rebuilding Chinatown Initiative created after 9/11 to assist with rebuilding Manhattan’s Chinatown community. He has also serves as Trustee for the YMCA of USA Fred Y. Hoshiyama Asian Leadership Scholarship Fund; Founding Member of YMCA of  USA Asian Leadership Network Steering Committee; Trainer for the YMCA of USA Fiscal Stewardship for Organizational Leaders; and Coach for the YMCA of USA Multi-Cultural Executive Development Institute.
Mr. Louis resides in New York City with his wife, Deborah Chan. Both are very active in building capacity and organizational sustainability for Asian Pacific Islander American community organizations.


Penny Fujiko Willgerodt is the executive director of the Prospect Hill Foundation, a family foundation established in 1959 by the late Elizabeth G. Beinecke and William S. Beinecke, then president and now retired chairman of the Sperry and Hutchinson Company. The Prospect Hill Foundation’s mission is to advance the human experience while ensuring the well-being of the earth. Ms. Willgerodt started in philanthropy at the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1987, joined the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation as a program officer in 1990 and the Rockefeller Family Office in the fall of 1999. As a philanthropy advisor she became part of the start-up team to create Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors where she was vice president until the fall of 2008. Throughout her career, Ms. Willgerodt has worked with individual donors, family foundations, charitable trusts, donor advised funds, and funder collaboratives on a wide range of issues. Ms. Willgerodt continues to actively serve as a fund advisor to two special projects at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors – the Legacy Fund of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health. Among many other boards, she is the former president and trustee of the Weeksville Heritage Center, a New York City cultural institution based in Brooklyn and currently an advisory board member of Prison Watch Sierra Leone. Ms. Willgerodt graduated cum laude from Yale College with a B.A. in East Asian Studies, and holds an M.A. in secondary school education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kyung Yoon is th Executive Director of the Korean American Community Foundation. A longtime community leader and advocate for promoting philanthropy in the Asian American community, Kyung brings professional skills honed from her previous experience in the fields of communications and poverty alleviation. Formerly an award-winning correspondent for WNYW Fox Channel 5 News, Kyung was the first Korean American broadcast reporter in New York. She went on to join the World Bank as the Executive Producer of Television where she created and hosted Global Links Television, an international documentary series focused on poverty issues and economic development, which has been broadcast in more than 60 countries around the world. Kyung serves on the boards of the New York Foundation, Asian American & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Philanthropy New York, and the United Way of New York City. She is a former Vice President of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and former Board Chair of the New York Asian Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization that helps women and children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse including human trafficking. She is also a contributing reporter to Asian American Life on CUNY-TV, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2015. Kyung was born in Seoul Korea and came to the United States at the age of six. She holds a BA in English and political science from Wellesley College, and an MA in development economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She and her husband, George Wang, have two sons.