About Virginia

About Virginia

COMMUNITIES ARE LIKE SYMPHONIES – they work best when they are in harmony. But over the last few years, political polarization and the COVID-19 pandemic have brought too much disharmony. Climate change and sea level rise threaten our coastal communities. Businesses are struggling to hang on after a year of lockdowns, and the same issues of affordable housing, addressing homelessness, traffic congestion, equality, government accountability and so many others are once again in the spotlight.

The issues we face are serious – but I believe that by putting our differences aside and working together to find creative solutions, we will begin the real work of solving the problems we face, which will lead us to a happier, healthier, and more resilient community than we already are.

I have the privilege of serving on the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners since 2015 and currently serve as President. I was also elected in 2011 to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors. I am proud to be the first Asian-American woman to serve on both boards.

In 2007, I was appointed by the then-Governor to the California Commission for Economic Development, where I served from 2007-2014. As a Commissioner, I was appointed to chair the Commission’s Biotech Advisory Committee. I also have fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments and am a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and worked at some of the country’s leading financial institutions.

Currently, I am a Trustee on the California State Parks Foundation and a former board member on the Silicon Valley Red Cross Board of Directors. I also serve on the board of WIRE for Women, an organization that helps elect women to local, nonpartisan offices, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) San Mateo County, and am a founding board member of the San Mateo County API Caucus. Having served on numerous nonprofit boards, I now spend my time on disaster preparedness and response as a CERT volunteer for the Fire District and a disaster response volunteer for the American Red Cross.

In 2020, I earned my Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, graduating with honors, and graduated in 1986 with a B.A. in Government with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

​I am the daughter of immigrants, a former concert pianist and, for fun, like to knit, stitch, run, read, and write. My husband and I live in unincorporated Menlo Park and are the proud parents of two sons and our adopted family dog.