Rhonda Binda, Esq.

Rhonda Binda, Esq. – Rhonda Binda is a partner at Binda & Binda, PLLC and the former VP Policy for Venture Smarter and Director of their Regional Smart Cities Initiatives. She has a distinguished history of public service, as Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of State’s Global Intergovernmental Affairs Division, and in the West Wing of the White House, under two administrations respectively. In between her government tours she practiced technology law with Alston & Bird.

Binda most recently returned to her hometown and served as the Executive Director of the Jamaica Business Improvement District. Under her tenure, Governor Cuomo awarded Jamaica the #1 award state-wide for downtown revitalization, Jamaica was named #1 hottest neighborhood in NYC by the Wall Street Journal and won NYC’s SBS Neighborhood Challenge Grant.

​In 2016, she was Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year and named Community Leader of the Year by QCYD. Binda attended Duke and Oxford and received her JD from Georgetown.

Email: RhondaB@nycstartingup.org

J.D. Kim, Esq.

J.D., the founder of NYC Starting Up also serves as its editor and is an attorney with a true passion for the diverse Communities in New York City having represented many of its community based organizations.

His work on initiatives that serve the city include assembling health care and various other coalitions as well as his work for Korean Help and as the Initiatives Coordinator for New York City Council Economic Development Committee Chair, Paul A. Vallone.

Email: jd@nycstartingup.org

Dareum Park, Board member & Youth Pipeline Program Coordinator

Dareum Park is an experienced education consultant and advocate of mental health and alternatives to incarceration who is driven by a passion for creating equal and just opportunities for all. She believes that problems like mental health illness, substance abuse disorders and homelessness are more appropriately addressed outside of the criminal justice system altogether.

Email me: dpark@nycstartingup.org

Eunho Wang, Programs Coordinator

As the Programs Coordinator for NYC Starting Up, Eunho believes that local communities and organizations can have a significant impact on the lives of individuals.

Her work for small businesses includes developing an Asian-American M/WBE Pilot Program and she has also helped build the Korean Help initiatives along with a Health Services Provider Directory pursuant to its public health initiative.

She holds a BA in Political Science from Baruch College and enjoys cooking, podcasts and spending time with her dog.

Email: ewang@nycstartingup.org

Eddie Ahn, Startup Relations

Eddie works closely with businesses and community leaders, utilizing his organizational and relational skills to connect them with assistance they might need and helping them to amplify their voices.

In addition to his work with NYC Starting Up, Eddie is pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing at Emory University and is a General Body Member of 180 Degree Consulting.

Email: eddie.ahn@nycstartingup.org

May Zhou, Communications & Social Media Coordinator

In addition to her work for NYC Starting Up, May is currently studying Business Administration and Environmental Sciences at Emory University and is involved in Emory Entrepreneurship & Venture Management and Emory Business Ethics. She is passionate about corporate sustainability, marketing and social entrepreneurship, and is a writer for Emory’s IQ Magazine, a digital magazine centered around entrepreneurial news. Her previous projects inclue working on sustainable algae biofuels and plastic waste reduction and she is currently working on projects centered around aiding food deserts and granting accessibility to nutrition education.

Yerin Esther Park, Communications Team

Raised in Queens, Esther Park graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and attends Baruch College, intending to major in Business Entrepreneurship. Youth Pipeline allows her to not only gain more insight and experience as a future entrepreneur, but it also allows her to help other students gain skills that she would have liked to have learned at their age. She started a successful cookie business in her senior year of high school and is working on expanding her skillset. Since early high school she has volunteered at summer camps, after school programs and special projects teaching young kids. Working with students has always been something she enjoys and Youth Pipeline allows her to continue to do so.


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