SWE Staff Spotlight: Sohn Cook

Each month, the Society of Women Engineers puts the spotlight on one of our valued staff members. For September 2019, we feature SWE's Development Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Sohn Cook.
SWE staff member Sohn Cook
SWE staff member Sohn Cook
Sohn Cook

Sohn Cook is the Development Manager of Strategic Partnerships for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). He is based on the West Coast and has been with SWE since February 2019. Prior to joining SWE, Sohn worked for various nonprofits and small businesses specializing in program development, proposal writing, and professional communications. He enjoys seeing how passionate people can make a tangible difference in their communities and the lives of others. Sohn earned his BA in English Rhetoric & Composition and MA in English as well as a Certificate in Technical & Professional Communication from California State University, Long Beach. In his free time, Sohn likes to read, volunteer around his community, and visit boardwalk and nickel arcades.


Who is your role model and why?

My mom – even though she never went to college, she pushed me and my brother to pursue every educational opportunity or curiosity that came our way. I remember my mom telling me when she attended middle school in her village in Korea post-war, she used to run away from home and sneak into school. Her mom would have to drag her back home every day, so she could help with family chores. Even during the toughest times, my mom’s drive and curiosity never wavered. Her stories and tenacity have always pushed me to keep going.

Where are you from/where were you raised?

I was born in Korea, but I was raised in Southern California for most of my life and for a few years in Texas. I grew up in a desert town in the boonies and now I live only 10 minutes from the coast. The one thing I miss about the desert is the serene and quiet night skies filled with stars you don’t get to experience in the city.

What is your favorite sports team?

As a SoCal native, I’m always rooting for the Angels and Anaheim Ducks.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Any punk or pop alternative song they played on the radio in the 2000s.

If you could eat one thing the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ramen or sushi.

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received?

Do good to others not because of who they are, but because of who you are.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Yosemite National Park.

Do you have any interesting or little-known facts about yourself?

I used to be a competitive breakdancer (b-boy) in college until I got injured and couldn’t walk right for a few months. It was a fun time while it lasted.

What movie or TV quote are you most likely to use in conversation?

I’ve been known to unconsciously drop Office quotes into daily conversation.

What was the inspiration that made you get into your field?

Being able to use my skills as a writer to make a tangible difference in the world.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Solving problems and making a huge impact on the lives of others.


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