Staff

Linda Butcher
Executive Director

Linda Butcher is the Executive Director at the International Student Conferences (ISC). Prior to this role, Linda was the Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) and a Legislative Researcher for the Congressional Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C. She has written and spoken on topics related to technology, security, gender and environmental issues.

During her time at KEI, Linda was responsible for the organization’s communication strategy, public outreach and related external affairs. In addition, she consulted with organizations interested in the Asia-Pacific region, co-managed the Korea-Japan Study Group and handled numerous delegations under the Ambassadors’ Dialogue, Future of Korea and the US-ROK Professional Exchange Program.

While at the Embassy, Linda handled critical issues pertaining to the Asia region while also enhancing relations between the Embassy and the United States Congress. Furthermore, she was the coordinator for Congressional delegations between the United States and the Republic of Korea. Before this position, Linda worked on several state and national campaigns and interned with the Office of the Honorable John Kerry where she focused on foreign policy and environmental issues while also assisting the Senator on a side project related to the increasing role of the Asian American Community in the United States.

Linda earned her Bachelor's degrees from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and her Master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University. In November 2014, she was selected as think tank participant for the Kakehashi Project and in the summer of 2001, completed a program at the Korea Language Institute of Yonsei University.

You can follow Linda on Twitter at @Linda_Kim or email her at lbutcher@iscdc.org




Megumi Aikawa
Office Director

Megumi was born in Kanagawa, Japan, and was raised bilingual and bicultural as she grew up dividing her time between Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, majoring in comparative education.

Megumi holds teaching credentials in both Japan (Secondary Foreign Language) and the United States (K-12 English to Speakers of Other Languages) and has extensive experience working with students of various age groups and linguistic/cultural backgrounds. She taught for 8 years in Toho Girl’s Junior and Senior High School in Tokyo, Japan, and has held part-time and volunteer positions teaching English to adult refugees, immigrants and school-aged children in the United States. She has always held a strong passion for educating young adults from various backgrounds and helping them become true global citizens who can make a difference in today’s world. She has been particularly effective in promoting cultural understanding and positive intercultural attitudes among the students she works with.

She can be reached at maikawa@iscdc.org




Peter Taves
KASC Program Manager

Peter Taves is the KASC Program Manager at ISC. Peter holds a Master’s degree in International Commerce from Korea University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech. Peter will receive his second Master’s degree from American University in International Economics in the summer of 2016.

Before coming to ISC, Peter served as the International Press Secretary for Congressman Kim Jung-hoon of the South Korean National Assembly. At the National Assembly he wrote speeches, designed and managed a scholarship program, and developed other initiatives for the Congressman’s veterans foundation. Peter has extensive experience working with Korean issues, interning for the Saenuri Party in Seoul and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington, D.C., and teaching English in South Korea. He is particularly interested in the Korea-U.S. trade relationship, in addition to Korea’s monetary policy.

He can be reached at ptaves@iscdc.org