I was born in Vietnam, raised by a mom who believed myself, and my brothers and sisters, deserved a better life, free of violence and full of opportunity.

At age six, my family fled to refugee camps in the Philippines – finding little relief with barbed wire fences, barking dogs, and cruel guardsmen who were supposed to look after us, not terrorize us. Each week, we were given just two and a half pounds of rice and some canned foods to feed the entire family – we struggled and we subsisted – but not without hope.

Later, our prayers were answered – we moved to the United States through the sponsorship of a local King County church. Entering the United States every member of my family worked long hours across multiple jobs. From a young age, I helped support my family, from working as a classroom tutor to a part-time janitor, even after college graduation.

As I grew older, I served as my family’s go-to translator – helping them communicate in English, while at the same time I learned about the law, our systems of government, and so much more. I became the first in my family to attend and graduate college and law school; I’m a proud graduate of the University of Washington and University of Dayton School of Law.

The compassion and generosity of our church and community – coupled with my experience growing up – taught me important lessons about values, family and faith, and rooted me in humility, service, and hard work.

Today, I bring this perspective and drive to my work as an immigration attorney and Renton City Councilmember. As an attorney, I have received awards from prominent local organizations for my work and pro bono service, and have helped educational and charity efforts through Goodwill, OneAmerica, King County Legal Clinics, mental health programs, and local law associations.

As a Renton City Councilmember, I championed issues of inclusion and equity, drawing on my experience as a small business owner and immigrant. I’ve focused on an equitable COVID-19 recovery that puts vulnerable families, small businesses, and local needs first.

Volunteering with The Seattle Stand Down and Wounded Warrior Project, I’ve helped support our community’s veterans, giving back to those who have sacrificed for our freedom and prosperity.

These are the priorities and experiences I hope to bring to the County Council –  thoughtful, community-focused leadership committed to ensuring our district thrives. With your vote, I will bring this new approach to the Council, centered on access to economic opportunity, innovative public safety improvements, and support for seniors, veterans, and immigrants.

Boards and Membership

  • Regional board member, Sound Cities Association Regional Law, Safety, and Justice Committee
  • Regional board member, Sound Cities Association Seattle-King County Senior, Aging and Disability Advisory Council
  • Volunteer government representative: King County Regional Approach to Gun Violence and Youth Impacts
  • Volunteer, King County Coalition Against Hate and Bias
  • Co-Founder, AAPI Against Hate
  • President, PTA at child’s school
  • Board Member, Renton Technical College Foundation
  • Volunteer JAG, United States Army Volunteer Reserve
  • Volunteer Attorney, Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project (NWIRP)
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Member, WA State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
  • Member/Co-Chair of Vocational Services (2020), Rotary Club of Renton
  • Graduate, EmergeWA
  • 1st Vice President, Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Engagement (APACE Votes)
  • President, Vietnamese American Community of Seattle, Sno-King Counties
  • Supporter/Volunteer, the Seattle Stand Down Veteran’s group, American-Vietnamese War Memorial Alliance, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Wounded Warrior Project
  • Member, Seattle Martin Luther King Jr Organizing Coalition Rally and March
  • Member, League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, Climate Action Guide
  • Member, BIPOC Collective on Equitable Vaccination Distribution
  • Member, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples May 15th Event

 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Recipient, King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Award

Recipient, Annual Pro Bono Award, and Certificate of Appreciation from American Immigration Lawyers Association-WA Chapter 

Recipient, National Women’s Political Caucus, WA State Campaign Heroine

Recipient, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Alumna Service Award (4x): advocating for justice and speaking up against human trafficking, domestic violence, and all violence against women

Recipient, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Emerging Leaders Award 

Recipient, WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Refuse to Abuse All Star 

Recipient, Seattle Municipal Court Probation Services Department Certificate of Volunteer Appreciation

Foreign Languages, Fluent Vietnamese, Basic Spanish and American Sign Languages 

Organizer, Hosted benefit events for Nepal Earthquake Victims (2015), Wounded Warrior (2015), Standing Rock(2016), The Seattle Stand Down (2016), Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico, USA (2017), Solidarity Flower Drive helping Hmong farmers and essential but excluded workers (2020), Community Food Drives during the COVID19 Pandemic; Teach-Ins, rallies, and community conversations in regards to Anti-Asian sentiment and hate and more. 

 

 

As my husband and I now raise our two children here, we are so grateful to call this special region home. I am honored to continue giving back to our community as a member of Renton’s Rotary Club, as PTA President, where my son attends public school, and through my work with the Renton Technical College Foundation, the Mayor’s Inclusion Task Force, and non-profit and community organizations.

I hope to continue that work as your next County Councilmember.