CHRIS TYREE PHOTO
I'm a proud first-generation American. I was in my mom's belly when my family left Vietnam — we were on one of those big choppers the day Saigon fell. (Read about the day we left Vietnam here.) I learned the value of hard work and education by watching my parents start with so little and support seven children who all grew up to graduate from college.
I'm a critical thinker. I am an editor by trade; I spent nearly 20 years in newspaper newsrooms as a designer, editor and reporter. For four years I've been the managing editor of the University of Virginia magazine and I have a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
My family and I care about education and our community. My husband, Jeffrey, is a stay-at-home father who is dedicated to volunteering at Hollymead Elementary School. I'm the daughter of ESL teachers, whose work I seek to honor by serving on the board of Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle, which teaches adults to read and write in English. And I stood with our community on July 9 and August 12, 2017, as it underwent assault from white supremacists.
I feel called to serve right here, right now. Living in Albemarle County, my eyes have been opened in the past few years to the systemic problems that exist here as they do around the country. I've also seen members of our community having some of the necessary and difficult conversations about these problems — and because of that, I feel optimistic. There's so much serious work to be done, and it will take a lot of heart and focus. I'm ready to work. Will you help me?