Sharon Joh

Sharon Joh is a first-year Master of Public Administration in Development Practice candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), specializing in Finance and Quantitative Analysis. Prior to joining SIPA, Sharon made significant contributions as a Defense Attaché Assistant at the Korean Embassy in Uganda, where she facilitated key diplomatic and humanitarian initiatives, including the rapid delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to South Sudan. For her outstanding public service, she was awarded the Ministerial Honors Award by the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs. Her experience also spans working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington D.C., providing support to refugees navigating the U.S. asylum process. At SIPA, Sharon also leads the Migration Working Group, focusing on community engagement across New York City, and assists in teaching Qualitative Research Methods at the Climate School. Sharon holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and is multilingual, with fluency in English and Korean, proficiency in French, and working knowledge in Swahili.