2633 Telegraph Avenue, Ste 109
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 343-5439

KONO CBD  Executive Director

Shari Godinez: shari@koreatownnorthgate.org 

Getting Here

  • AC Transit bus lines 1 and 800 provide local, rapid and overnight service.

  • The KONO District is conveniently located between two BART stations: 19th Street Oakland and MacArthur.

  • Metered street parking is available on Telegraph and side streets.


Use the Google Maps feature to the right for driving directions to the intersection of Telegraph Ave. and 30th Street.


Managing Partners
Lathan Hodge & Kyle Franklin


Citizens are asked to place calls to address the illegal possession and use of firearms within our community. Calls made to the tip line will be considered confidential if the caller wishes to remain anonymous.




Joseph Jung, President

Joseph Jung has been an attorney at law in Oakland since 1997.  He has held the following posts at nonprofit organizations.  Vice President of Korean American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco, Vice President of Korean American Community Center of San Francisco, Chairman of Board of East Bay Korean American Senior Services Center, President of San Francisco Korean American Lions Club.  He enjoys golf and basketball.  Married since 1997 and has one daughter and one son, and lives in Oakland. www.jungandassociates.com

Sonja Brooks, Vice President

Sonja Brooks is a strategic consultant, speaker, trainer and small business advocate. She is has over 10 years’ experience in business, marketing, finance and real estate. She has been a KONO board member since 2013 and is the current board secretary. Sonja has served several boards including help position of president of Women's Council of Realtors, and  served as a managing director of a small business program under a nonprofit organization; and has been an active loan committee member for six years. She has has provided business and startup workshops for local artists and makers called the Green LEEF Artrepreneur project and launched the H-Cubed project on humor, health and happiness.  


Mike Thaler, Treasurer

Has lived and worked in Bay Area since 1970 and, as an owner, resided in the KONO district since 2009. Is active in real estate and holds a broker's license.  Attended KONO public board meetings for a couple years before becoming a member in March of 2015. Presently serves as Treasurer of his HOA at 2407 Telegraph Ave.   

Interests include traveling the world, national politics, and urging neighborhood upgrades like the proposed protected bike lanes on Telegraph.


Alan Wilk

Born in San Jose, grew up in Fremont, went to school at UCSC studying economics, transferred to UC Berkeley to study Bioengineering and completed undergraduate degrees in both disciplines. Began working as a research associate in a sleep neurobiology lab running experiments and processing data. Altered fields slightly to do statistics for medical diagnostic devices. Currently works at a diagnostic device company in Redwood city. Permanent member of the KONO community since 2015.


Elisse Douglass
Elisse works for Signature Development Group is the latest member of the KONO Board of Directors. Elisse holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BA in Architecture from Columbia University. She currently serves on the board of Above the Bottom Line, a national corporate social responsibility platform, and is an active volunteer in many organizations within her Oakland community. She is passionate about finding innovative ways of using real estate to positively impact her local community of Oakland.

Mindy Landmark
Mindy has worked for Sutter Health the past thirteen years. In 2014, she became Regional Lead of Community Benefit and coordinates the local, state, and federal community benefit activities and reporting for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, and Sutter Delta Medical Center. Mindy is also currently Vice Chair of Samuel Merritt University’s Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) Asian Outreach Committee and is a member of EHI’s Executive Committee and Advisory Board. In these roles, Mindy enjoys promoting and facilitating community partnership development and collaborative planning.

Charles Hahn
Charles has been doing business in Oakland for over twenty years. He has been a board member with Kono since 2014. He is an advocate for creating jobs and helping small businesses grow in Oakland. He also wants to promote in public safety, improvements to quality of life issues in his district and is an avid fan of local performing artists. In his spare time he serves with the Alameda County Honorary Deputy Sheriffs Association and assists veterans of foreign wars since he was a former Sargent in the California State Military Reserves. 
Charles is passionate in serving his beloved City of Oakland and loves to volunteer for local campaigns.

Zabrina Law
Zabrina lives in Oakland and is the CMO of ECO Cannabis, a dispensary on Telegraph (at 25th) that is a leading supporter of the Oakland Equity Program. ECO has incubated eight businesses to date, hires 100% Oakland, 50% who have former incarcerations, many for cannabis.
Zabrina has over 10 years’ experience in marketing and communications spanning four countries (Canada, US, UK, and China). Most recently she led the charge on bringing a luxury sex toy brand to the mainstream by forging key partnerships with Hollywood celebrities and social media influencers, and included launch coverage in publications like The New York Times, Endgadget and Fortune Magazine


Katherin Canton, Advisory Board

Katherin Canton earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts (CCA), with an emphasis in Community Arts through a studio practice in photography and textiles. During her time at CCA, she become the administrator and Community Collaborations Director at the volunteer-run arts center Rock Paper Scissors Collective (RPSC). With RPSC she developed the funding, business and partnership processes that resulted in the program being awarded over $80K during her tenure. For the last decade she has also worked in Arts Education and Youth Development through Youth Art Exchange (formerly Out of Site), as a youth advisory board member, class and darkroom assistant, and teaching artist. Most recently as the Administrative Gallery Coordinator with Pro Arts, she was the lead on: membership/artist services, business/operations, event management, and volunteer/intern management. Affiliations include, the KONO (Koreatown Northgate) Community Benefit District, the Oakland Makers, and the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. Canton is currently the Network Coordinator with the Emerging Arts Professionals SF/BA and the Co-Organizer of the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition. She strives to be a resource/connector for the Bay Area arts community and is seeking to further develop the intersection of Creative/Cultural Expression and Urban Policy.

Keun Bae Yoo
Bio to come



H. Joseph Jung

Sonja Brooks

"Open seat"

Michael Thaler

Charlie Hahn

Keun Bae Yoo

Mindy Landmark

Alan Wilk

Andrew Slakey

Keun Bae Yoo

Ken Pearce



Vice President










Advisory Board

Sunny Hahn

Alex Hahn

John Protopappas

Chang (Jose) You

Byong Joo (BJ) Yu

Phil Porter

Katherin Canton


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