John Jung-hoon Choi, Arts ’92
John Choi made history in January 2006 when he was named city attorney for St. Paul, Minn., the first Asian-American appointed to the position. John has worked to re-organize the criminal division that resides within the Office of the City Attorney, as well as to start a restorative justice diversion program in response to the racial disparities that exist within the criminal justice system. In this position, John sees opportunities to lead the Office of the City Attorney on a variety of important policy issues.
John credits his strong value system with equipping him to meet the challenges of his post. “At the end of the day, no matter how tough the day was, I know that I am serving the public and trying to make my community a better place,” he says.
John’s dedication to the St. Paul community is reflected in his willingness to serve as a volunteer board member to many local nonprofit organizations, including Sounds of Hope, the St. Paul Youth Services Bureau and V.K. Arrigoni.
Ask John about his key to success, and he has no trouble answering: “servant leadership, which is to use power not for yourself but to empower those around you to do great things.”