Mother. Wife. Marketing and financial services professional turned community advocate. Hardworking, critical thinker, who is deeply committed to the Falls Church community, progressive values, and doing things right the first time. Runner, puppy lover, baker, and someday, one can hope, backyard chicken farmer.
I am a mother of three boys who are making their way through the FCCPS school system since their days at Mt Daniel and Jessie Thackrey Preschool. Hard to believe, but next year, my sons will be a rising 6th grader at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and rising 9th and 10th graders at Meridian High School.
I am a first generation immigrant from Hong Kong and spent my childhood in both San Francisco and Northern Virginia. Our love for the City of Falls Church and FCCPS runs deep. My husband, Lucas, is a “lifer” – raised in the City and attended all of our City’s schools. My mother-in-law, a teacher, worked at Mt. Daniel for many years. I earned a B.A. in economics and psychology as an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia (go Hoos!) and also studied health care economics at Oxford University. After college, we returned to Falls Church as newly married, young professionals and set down our own family’s roots. I am proud to have called the Little City home for more than 20 years and have witnessed the evolution of our community.
I spent 11 years as a financial services and marketing professional at Capital One where I led complex, multi-million dollar, cross functional projects and teams. From full-time working mother to compressed work weeks and every flexible work arrangement in between, I was fortunate to have tried it all. I finally hit pause on my career when my youngest son was born.
After awakening from the fog that is surviving 3 kids under the age of 5, I wanted to contribute in new ways and serve a community that has long supported my family. I began attending city meetings, and I saw the powerful impact of local government. Local government touches our everyday lives – schools to libraries to sidewalks to playgrounds – far more than any other level of government. Yet there were few, if any, voices that represented my cohort. In 2015, I made the leap to run for a City Council seat as a new, fresh voice for Falls Church.
I have the privilege of chairing both the City Council’s Government Operations Committee and Appointments Committee and serve on the Economic Development Committee. I have been an active liaison to boards and commissions that have aligned with my passions: the Economic Development Authority, Housing Commission, Urban Forestry Commission, Arts and Humanities Council, Recreation and Parks Advisory Board (2016-2022). I bring my strong communication, organization, and analytical skills to city policy decisions, do my homework and ask tough questions in every meeting, host regular open office hours, and write a weekly blog about our local government.