Our Staff

Together, we have over 70 years of experience working with students and parents.

Our staff is unparalleled in their educational background and experiences. Many of our staff hold one or more higher degrees at one of the nation's top schools and universities and have worked in admissions for those schools.

Angela Suh Um

Angela Suh Um

Founder and Chief Consultant
Harvard College, A.B.
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P.

Angela Suh Um grew up in Los Angeles and graduated with honors from Harvard, where she studied Government and East Asian Studies. After receiving her Master's degree, she worked for several years in the world of admissions, development, and alumni relations at Harvard and at MIT. Most recently, she served as a Senior Admissions Officer and Director of the interviewing process at MIT.

Ms. Um is an educational columnist for several national newspapers, and has been featured, interviewed, and quoted on television and in print media over the past twenty years for her expertise and unique insider's perspective on competitive admissions to the nation's top schools. She loves working with young students and has also led seminars, training sessions, and workshops on academic planning, admissions strategies, and other topics in higher education.



Emily Chin

Harvard College, A.B.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M.

Dr. Donald Choi

Boston College, Ph.D.

Maria Chung

UC Berkeley, B.S.

Dr. Patrick Liu

Harvard College, A.B.
Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Ph.D.
Yale Divinity School, M.A.R.

Pauline Han

Wellesley College, B.A.
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M.

Esther Kim

UC Berkeley, B.A.

Jeanwon Yang

Harvard College, A.B.



David T.S. Um

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.Div

Vice President & Senior Consultant

Dr. Jean Pyun

Seoul National University, B.S.
Brandeis University, Ph.D.

Asia Director

Samuel Na

Sungkyunkwan University, B.A.
Boston University Questrom School of Business, M.B.A.


Board of Advisors

Business and Engineering

Joseph Han
University of Minnesota, B.S.
MIT Sloan School of Management, M.S. and M.B.A.


Lily Liu
Harvard College, A.B.
University of Maryland School of Medicine, M.D.


Amy M. Kao
U.C. Berkeley, B.S.
Harvard Law School, J.D.