New Advisory Committee Members

July 13, 2020

The National Committee on North Korea is pleased to announce and welcome Kelsey Davenport, Randall Spadoni, and Nancy Yuan as the newest members to its recently revamped Advisory Committee. These new Advisory Committee Members bring diverse, new perspectives and backgrounds to the Committee, which helps shape NCNK’s long-term vision and provides input to NCNK’s operation. They join Brad Babson, Bob Carlin, Kathy Moon, Susan Shirk, Philip Yun and Scott Snyder on the Committee and will each serve three-year terms. 

Kelsey Davenport is the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security issues. Kelsey writes extensively on nuclear issues and developments in ACA’s Arms Control Today, the P4+1 and Iran Nuclear Deal Alerts, the North Korea Denuclearization Digest, and policy reports.

Randall Spadoni is World Vision’s Senior Regional Advisor for Asia Pacific and North Korea Program Director. In addition to his broad Asia Pacific portfolio, including Myanmar, Vietnam, China, Laos, and Mongolia, he implements projects in clean water, nutrition, and disaster relief in North Korea and has been traveling to the country since 2007. He has helped World Vision North Korea to navigate the operational, political, legal challenges of working in North Korea, providing responsible and effective assistance that reaches 50,000 North Korean children each year.

Nancy Yuan is senior vice president and director of The Asia Foundation’s Washington, DC office where she is responsible for representation to the U.S. government, diplomatic community, Congress, policy community and private sector; policy input, and program liaison with the Foundation’s offices throughout Asia. Nancy is a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team and has monitored developments in North Korea over the past decade. She serves as the Asia Foundation’s main liaison with the DPRK Mission in New York and with U.S. government officials on DPRK issues. 

A stand-alone operation within Mercy Corps, an international aid and development organization, NCNK was established approximately sixteen years ago to serve as a humanitarian bridge between the United States and North Korea and to promote greater engagement between the two countries.