H.K. Park previously served as the Special Assistant to the Defense Department's Chief of Staff. In this role he resolved sensitive matters for the Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense relating to DoD's regulatory or procurement role in real estate, technology, logistics, energy, consumer products and other industries.
He simultaneously served as Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Civil Support and co-established the Pentagon's first homeland security organization. In this capacity, he developed a single homeland security policy for the Department resulting in coordinated procurement/R&D spending, streamlined support for first responders and other federal agencies, and improved public relations.
Mr. Park also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff as a policy advisor on issues including European/NATO relations, Southeast Asian relations, the military uses of outer space, rapid technology procurement and counter-proliferation. He entered the Pentagon as a career civil servant in 1997 through the Presidential Management Fellows program and received four awards for his work including the Exceptional Public Service Award and the Exceptional Civilian Service Award.
Mr. Park received a BS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University where he serves on the Dean's Advisory Council. He is a past participant in the Atlantik Bruecke German-American Young Leaders program and the Korean-American Next Generation leaders program and a past Council on Foreign Relations term member. He served as president of the Lyon Village Citizens Association and is a current Commissioner of the Arlington County Economic Development Commission. Mr. Park is fluent in German and is conversant in Korean and Mandarin Chinese.