Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me. I always enjoy meeting with people; my third term as an elected Alderman here in Newton has afforded me the opportunity to meet many of you. Please contact me if you would like to meet over coffee or tea so I can hear your ideas and concerns.
I graduated from MIT (where I met my husband to whom I’ve been married for 20 years). I’ve worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Fidelity Investments and Merrill Lynch as well as at high-tech start-up companies. I have also served on the executive committees and boards of a number of non-profit organizations, community centers and government commissions.
I have always taught and volunteered. I’ve coached my kids in soccer and baseball, taught at the local YMCA and local Chinese cultural center. I have volunteered for the Newton Girl Scouts, local nursing homes, food banks and Second Step. I’ve had the honor of serving on the Asian American Cultural Commission under Governor Weld, I was appointed by Governor Romney to a number of committees including the Judicial Nominating Committee and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (for which I also Chaired) and more recently, I was appointed by Governor Patrick to the State Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.
I grew up with engineers, businessmen and scientists and frankly, I don’t see a lot of them in elected office. Our legislature should be “a mirror to reflect society.” I feel strongly that a government that represents and reflect its society is key to preserving American democracy. I consider elected office as a commitment to represent the concerns of the people in my district, not my own interests or agenda. I am running to give Newton a choice to elect a representative who reflects and represents society in a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
What I bring to the table.
I tend to approach problems and issues by working with people to build and organize community momentum. Whether it be co-founding the online NewtonParents list-serve discussion group, organizing weekly company sushi gatherings, or helping to coordinate the West Newton neighborhood resident/business partnership, I work to bring people together.
In speaking with many of you, as I have been going door to door throughout the neighborhood, I have found that “how do we make a living?”, “how to get to where we need to go to make a living?”, and “physically, where can we live?” are among the top concerns. For that reason, I have made Jobs, Transportation and Housing my top priorities. However, in concert with these major issues, we need to think about responsible behaviors on many levels – whether it be environment, health and safety, or education. What I bring to the table are my management and problem solving skills to address all these concerns.
I subscribe to the philosophy “Be the Sun”. This philosophy comes from an Aesop’s fable about the wind and the sun and how the key to getting a desired outcome is to figure out how that outcome would also benefit others. This has always been my approach. This is the energy, experience and perspective I plan to bring to Beacon Hill.
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I hope this has given you some insight into who I am. If you would like to know more or if you would like to discuss concerns please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise I will respond!