Philip Yun is currently Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ploughshares Fund. In this capacity, Mr. Yun oversees the organization’s entire range of day-to-day activities, including grantmaking, communications, financial management, and fundraising.
Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund, he was a vice president at The Asia Foundation (2005-2011), a Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at the Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2004-2005) and a vice president at the private equity firm of H&Q Asia Pacific (2001-2004).
Mr. Yun was a presidential appointee at the US Department of State (1994-2001), serving as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During this time, he also worked as a senior advisor to two US Coordinators for North Korea Policy -- former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and former Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. Mr. Yun was a member of a government working group that managed US policy and negotiations with North Korea under President Clinton and was part of the US delegation that traveled to North Korea with Secretary of State Madeline Albright in October 2000.
Prior to government service, Mr. Yun practiced law at the firms of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in San Francisco and Garvey Schubert & Barer in Seattle. He also was a foreign legal consultant at the firm of Shin & Kim in Seoul, Korea. In other lives, Mr. Yun was a national staffer on the Presidential campaigns of Vice President Walter Mondale, Governor Michael Dukakis, and then Governor Bill Clinton.
Mr. Yun’s writings and commentary have appeared on The Hill, Foreign Policy.com, AP TV, Fox News, CNN, NBC and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He is the co-editor of a book entitled North Korea and Beyond (2006).
Mr. Yun attended Brown University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and the Columbia University School of Law (associate editor of the Journal of Transnational Law). He was a Fulbright Scholar to Korea. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and member of the Board of Overseers for Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Select Publications and Media Appearances
On North Korea Sanctions, Tread Cautiously, The National Interest, October 6, 2016
North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test, Says Nuclear Warheads Could Have Global Reach, KQED, September 12, 2016
North Korea's 'biggest' nuclear test sparks global outrage, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, September 9, 2016
South Korea: North Korea conducts fifth nuclear test, CNN, September 9, 2016
Leaders condemn N. Korea's submarine test, CNN, April 25, 2016
Is Kim Jong Un the 'boy who cried wolf'?, CNN, March 3, 2016