U.S. Korea Business Council Staff

Washington D.C. Office
Tami Overby - President
James W. Fatheree - Senior Director, Japan and Korea
Paul Kong - Director, Japan and Korea
Sonna A. Russo - Program Manager, Japan and Korea
Julie Yeryung Yang - Senior Manager, Policy and Programs, Japan and Korea
Daeseung Kim - WEST Program Fellow

Korea Representative
Yohan Lee- Chief Representative, Seoul


Tami Overby

President, U.S.-Korea Business Council
Senior Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
(202) 463-5519

Tami Overby became vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in July 2009. As vice president, Overby is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing programs and policies relating to U.S. trade and investment in Asia. She works closely with Chamber member companies, business coalitions, AmChams, government leaders, and business executives to achieve their business objectives in this very important part of the world. In November 2009, Overby became president of the U.S.-Korea Business Council.

Overby lived and worked in South Korea for 21 years. There, she worked with AIG and William M. Mercer Ltd. and spent the last 14 years leading AmCham Korea, working to improve the business environment for member companies in Korea. During this time, she was actively engaged in ensuring that Korea entered America's Visa Waiver Program. Overby raised the profile of AmCham Korea to make it the largest, most influential foreign business group in Korea.

In recognition of her efforts for promoting mutually cooperative economic relations between South Korea and the United States, Overby was awarded the Korean Order of Industrial Service Merit, Silver Tower by President Lee Myung-Bak in June 2009. She was previously recognized with a Letter of Citation (Bronze Tower) from both President Roh Moo-Hyun and President Kim Dae-Jung. In April 2007, Overby was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Seoul from Mayor Oh Se-Hoon.

In Korea, Overby was active in charitable programs like the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, the Seoul Children's Welfare Committee, and AmCham's Partnership for the Future Foundation, which raised more than $8 million and helped more than 1,400 Korean university students obtain full scholarships.


James W. Fatheree
Senior Director, Japan and Korea
President and COO, U.S.-Japan Business Council
Tel: (202) 463-5673
Fax: (202) 822-2491


Paul Kong
Director, Japan and Korea
Tel: (202) 463-5506


Yohan Lee
Chief Representative in Seoul, U.S.-Korea Business Council

Yohan Lee serves as the Council's Chief Representative in Korea. In his role, he plans and executes government and public outreach programs that include business forums and senior level meetings designed to heighten the Council's role as a bridge between American businesses and the Korean and U.S. governments, while promoting the public image of the Council and its member companies.

He also conducts Korean media engagement for the Council and monitors key policy and economic developments. He is responsible for facilitating agendas for missions to Korea led by the Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and serves as the point of contact for key Council and Chamber constituencies in Korea.

Yohan holds a B.A. in Law from Yonsei University. He served in the Army of the Republic of Korea as an officer for over 3 years, with tours in Iraq, Lebanon, and at the Combined Forces Command in Korea, among others. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Korean. Well versed in the cultures of East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, he is experienced and trained in cross-cultural conflict resolution, with over 15 years of overseas experience.


Sonna A. Russo
Manager, Japan and Korea, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Manager, Programs and Membership, U.S.-Japan Business Council
Tel: (202) 463-5772
Fax: (202) 822-2491


Julie Yeryung Yang
Manager, Policy and Programs, Japan and Korea
Tel: (202) 463-5339
Fax: (202) 822-2491


Daeseung Kim
West Program Fellow, U.S.-Korea Business Council
West Program Fellow, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Tel: (202) 463-5731