BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ABRAHAM J. KWON, ESQ. (Founder + Chairman)
Abe is a startup, venture capital and M&A lawyer at Cooley LLP. He holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an MPA from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, and a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics also from the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in both tutoring and helping students apply to college. He even had the opportunity to start a high school debate program at Boy's Latin of Philadelphia Charter School. It was through that experience that Abe became inspired to start thinking about how to tackle the college gap. During Abe's free time, he enjoys playing basketball, watching Sixers games, and visiting his favorite coffee shops in Philadelphia.
DR. CHRISTOPHER HWANG (Co-Founder)
Thomas Jefferson Medical
Chris considers himself a longtime Philadelphian having grown up just outside the city. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. in Biology, went on to attend medical school at Jefferson Medical College, and after graduating, is now working as a family medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Throughout college and medical school, Chris devoted much of his time to serving the inner city, often through tutoring and mentoring programs for Philadelphia area students. As a physician, he continues to be involved with the underserved by volunteering at free health clinics throughout the city. Outside of work, Chris's hobbies include Philadelphia sports teams, violin, board games, and eating good food.
DR. BARBARA CRAM-CRABTREE
Barbara has been a clinical psychologist since 1976. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. Currently she is one of the owners of a company called Project Transition, an organization that works with people with serious and persistent mental illness in a living, treating, and training milieu. It has eight branches in the Delaware Valley. Before her work with Project Transition, she worked at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital as Director of Family Programs for the Adolescent Treatment Center and then at Horsham Clinic as Clinical Coordinator of the Young Adult Program. Many years ago, she also worked with the Philadelphia School District as an elementary school counselor. More recently, as a volunteer she worked at Pennel School as a reading teacher. She has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Bucks County and now serves on the Board of Great Lakes United, which is an umbrella organization working to preserve and protect the Great Lakes. She has two children, a daughter who is working in global public health and a son who is in his second year at Jefferson Medical School. Her husband, Loren Crabtree, is a psychiatrist.
NORMA CHEN RHEE
Norma has served on the Board of 12 Plus since the fall of 2013. Originally from Northern Virginia, she first moved to Philly for undergraduate school and came to love the city and its people. She currently resides in Bella Vista and works for NBCUniversal Corporate Strategy and Insights.
James is the Vice President of Business Development for Apacheta Inc., an enterprise mobile software provider. He is the former CEO of SkyZone Entertainment, a mobile applications publisher and part of the SK Group – S. Korea’s 3rd largest conglomerate with annual revenues over $100 billion. Over his 20+ year career, James held several executive positions with large and venture-backed companies including SK USA, Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), ABS Mobile Solutions, and Airclic Inc. James studied economics and business administration at Ursinus College.
James is an investor at Reach Capital, an early stage VC supporting innovative edtech companies. As former Chief Academic Officer of 12+, he oversaw the organization's expansion to Penn Treaty School, launched the inaugural Fellows cohort, and developed new models for program evaluation. Other prior roles include Assistant Director at Yale Undergraduate Admissions and High School Math Teacher at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex in Providence, RI. James holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar; an MA in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education; and a BS cum laude in Astrophysics from Yale University.
Chris works in Corporate Strategy at Comcast NBCUniversal. Prior to joining Comcast, he worked as an investment professional at private equity firm Boathouse Capital and an investment banker at M&A advisory boutique Silver Lane Advisors. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received a BA in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. As a native of Philadelphia, he is especially passionate about issues impacting his hometown. He currently serves as an adviser to several small businesses and is on the Board of Directors of University of Pennsylvania incubated medical device company MobileOptx. Chris also serves as a Penn Alumni Interviewer for prospective students as well as a volunteer at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
American Law Institute
Philadelphia Department of Commerce
Cisco is the Director of Business Development focused on innovation and technology for the City of Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in entrepreneurship from Vanderbilt University and an M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, he worked as an analyst at financial services firm Goldman Sachs and launched and operated an ice cream shop in New York. Cisco grew up in Brooklyn, NY and is passionate about closing the opportunity divide by fostering equitable and resilient communities.