Over the years, I’ve been very grateful to have the opportunity to live the American Dream. Now it’s time to pay that forward to others and dedicate the next phase of my life to public service.
The American Dream has deep significance to me, as I was born in Korea. I was adopted at an early age and brought over to the United States. My U.S. citizenship is something I truly cherish. I’m proud to say that I worked very hard to earn it.
Growing up in Reno, Nevada, I discovered my lifelong passion for music at six years old. Although I began by playing classical music, I was fascinated by what I heard on the radio and learned many different genres. I still fondly remember my first piano performance at church and making my violin debut at Harrah’s Casino.
A quality education enabled me to pursue a degree and career in music. That took me all around the world as a background pianist in Juneau, Alaska, Holland-America Cruise Line in the Caribbean, and the Coeur D’Alene Resort in Idaho.
I eventually decided to settle down and began my career in sales in 2001 with Michelle’s Piano Company in Portland. It was around that time that I chose to make Vancouver my home.
My day job evolved into being the general manager of a music company, where I gave lessons and hosted established and upcoming jazz artists. But I looked to do more, and I started to give back to others by being a musician and pianist at my local church.
The longer I stayed in Vancouver, the more invested I became in the community that is my home. Having children in the Evergreen School District inspired me to become vice president of its foundation for three years, starting in 2010. In that role, I brought people together to make Evergreen one of the best school districts in Washington. We worked to strategically place resources in areas that would foster imagination, innovation, and inspiration among the district’s students.
In May 2012, I began serving on the board of directors for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and still hold that position. I’ve also been a president of the local Parent-Teacher Association and served on my Neighborhood Association board.
Earlier this year, I filed to run for State Representative for Washington Legislative District 49. To me, this is the culmination of all my volunteer efforts in the community. For 24 years, I have gained unique perspectives on the district’s issues and found practical solutions for transportation, housing, and education.
The opportunities that we have are the result of sacrifices made by those who came before us. I have been fortunate to have had the chance to pursue my dreams. Now I look to ensure that for future generations.
My neighbors in Vancouver and SW Washington deserve the best representation possible in Olympia, and that’s why I’m running for Legislative District 49. It’s the best way I know to pay it forward.