Susan Soonkeum Cox
Vice President of Policy & External Affairs
Ms. Cox is a nationally recognized presenter on international adoption & child welfare. Her media experience includes the "Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Australia Today," Associated Press, CNN, NBC Evening News, CSPAN, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, People, the Oregonian, Seoul Times, Korean Daily, KoreAm Journal, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other publications. Her writings are published in numerous national and international publications, and she is editor of the anthology "Voices from Another Place" and "More Voices."
Adoptee Camp Director/Post-Adoption Services Social Worker
Steve Kalb joined Holt in 2005 as the director of Holt’s adoptee camp program. As a social worker in the post-adoption services department, he also manages birth search counseling and assists with background information requests. In his time at Holt, Steve has gained valuable insight into the adoptee experience through direct work with hundreds of adoptees from across the country. Steve is also an adoptee himself, born in South Korea and raised in Iowa. He holds a master’s degree in community-based social work and also teaches in the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. His current research focus is on adoptee empowerment interventions with the hopes of bringing a community organizing philosophy into post-adoption practice.