Yoo-Jin Hong

“Non-profit leaders face challenges that require creative tenacity to energize diverse stakeholders and advance their mission. I’m passionate about empowering adaptive leaders who can drive positive change in dynamic environments.”

Yoo-Jin Hong

Executive Search Manager

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A versatile strategist with a passion for building community action and positive change, Yoo-Jin serves as Executive Search Manager at KEES. Yoo-Jin brings nearly 20 years of non-profit experience, having held a variety of positions in performing arts and cultural organizations. Most recently serving as Executive Director of Kneisel Hall and before that, a Vice President with the Adler Planetarium, Yoo-Jin comes with a strong commitment to elevating adaptive and creative leaders who thrive in rapidly changing environments. She is particularly passionate about helping leaders develop an inclusive culture that nurtures creative collaboration, lasting impact, and meaningful engagement for everyone. As a classically trained flutist, she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music, has recently completed Cornell University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion certificate, and is currently working toward a professional coach certification at the Co-Active Training Institute.

Education and Credentials:

  • Master’s and Bachelor’s, Music Performance, University of Miami (FL) 
  • Coach Certification Program, Co-Active Training Institute (in progress) 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate, Cornell University 
  • Non-profit Leadership Training, American Express Leadership Academy 
  • Emerging Leaders Program, League of American Orchestras 

Experience and Skills:

  • Consulting experience in executive search, DEI initiatives, program design, and engagement strategies 
  • Executive Director, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival 
  • Vice President for Guest Experience, Adler Planetarium 
  • Director of Learning and Leadership, League of American Orchestras 
  • Director of Civic Orchestra &Training Programs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra 
  • Operations and Education Manager, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras 

Professional  and Community Affiliations 

  • Grant Panelist, National Endowment for the Arts 
  • Member, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs