Emile was a post Korean War orphan, adopted by a South Central Los Angeles African American family. Though, growing up amid gangs, he went on to UCLA. He joined the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and rose to Chief Deputy, second-in-command. Being a visionary and innovative leader, he created the LAFD’s 20-year strategic master plan. The Mayor had him lead the LA region in preparing for Katrina evacuees, bringing together countless LA City and County agencies, and NGO’s. As the “go to” person for challenging high profile issues and making difficult change, his initiatives changed the LAFD’s culture that had been plagued by inequity, hostile work environments, and multi-million dollar litigation. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed him to the State Board of Fire Services. Emile works tirelessly in the community. He is the Executive VP of the Korean American Federation of LA representing the Korean community. He chairs the Mixed Roots Foundation raising awareness and funding for the adoption and foster care community. He is on the boards of the Biddy Mason Foundation (First AME Church of LA) supporting foster youth, and Music Miracles that brings music to disadvantaged children. Emile was presented the “Spirit of Los Angeles Award” by Mayor Villaraigosa that recognizes a high-profile community leader who best embodies the spirit and determination of Angelinos. Emile appreciates those that make our world better. Bringing his story full circle, Emile and Jenny adopted their daughter Miya, from Korea.