DR. SUNG WON SOHN
Sohn is Smith Professor of Economics at California State University Channel
Islands. He is a Commissioner for the Los Angeles City Employee Retirement
System which manages over $14 billion.
He also serves on Boards including, Western Alliance Bancorporation and
National Association of Corporate Directors Southern California.
Sohn was the President and Chief Executive
Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank
in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was
an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer of Wells Fargo Banks.
Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard
Prior to his tenure at Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a
senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was
responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The
and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has also
been a tenured college professor in Pennsylvania State University System.
is the author of books, Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy (2009) and The New Economy (2014)
In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured a
story naming Dr. Sohn
as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2010, the Journal named him as one of the five best forecasters in the
country. In 2012, he ranked third. This is one of the most prestigious
honors in economics profession. In 2002, he was
named to the Time Magazine's Board of Economists. In 2001, Bloomberg News
selected Dr. Sohn as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United
States. In 2002, Blue Chip Publications picked him as the most accurate
forecaster for the Western States
was chosen as one of the 100 most
influential Minnesotans of the
20th century by the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Star Tribune. Others on the
list included Charles Lindberg, Sinclair Lewis, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale
and Charles Schultz of the Peanuts Cartoon.
He served on the boards of Forever 21 and Claremont
Graduate University. He also was a commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles, the
nation’s largest port. He was on the
boards of First California Bancorporation, Ministers Mutual Life Insurance Company,
L.A. Music Center (Performing Arts), Children’s Bureau of Los Angeles, Foreign
Affairs Council of LA, Park Nicollet Health Services, The Blake School,
Minnesota Community College System, North Memorial Medical Center, etc. Harvard
Business School Association Minnesota, Crystal Evangelical Free Church,
Children's Theater Company and School, and American Heart Association