Elected Experience: Elected Precinct Committee Officer
Other Professional Experience: Current Executive Director, Washington Center for Nursing; Adjunct Nursing Faculty at Seattle University; Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor, Washington State Nurses Association; Legislative and Policy Manager of Community and Family Health, Washington Department of Health; Research Analyst, Washington State Department of Commerce
Education: Loyola University (JD, Law) Seattle University (BS, Nursing), University of Washington (BA, Economics)
Community Service: Chair, Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs; President, Washington State Association of Nurse Attorneys; Member, Board of Directors of Asian Pacific Islander Americans; Member, Board of Directors of Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; President-Elect, National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers
Statement: I’ve devoted my life to making our community healthier, safer, and more equitable. From working as a registered nurse in a South Seattle clinic, to advocating for the Affordable Care Act in Olympia, I know firsthand the impacts government decisions have on patient care. That’s why I attended law school— to better advocate for the disadvantaged and underrepresented. Ever since, I’ve been a strong champion for improved healthcare, affordable housing, public education, and more.
As the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing, I have proven experience developing a workforce that will expand Washington’s economy and healthcare system. I collaborated with stakeholders on legislation reducing health disparities and advancing sound labor, economic, education and environmental policy.
I’m running to take my proven experience to the Senate to improve health and economic outcomes in our state. We need more leaders with healthcare backgrounds to address the opioid and mental health crises. As a current board member for the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, I’ll work tirelessly to address affordability in our state. As a Filipino immigrant who benefitted from public schools, I’ll champion strong investments in public education to assure opportunity for everyone. I respectfully ask for your vote.