As a proud parent of a graduate from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), I know quality education is still the key to success for most Americans, the bedrock of our community’s quality of life, and the best incentive to attract workforce and employers. Currently, 1 in 3 MCPS students receive free and reduced-price meals (FARMs), but we continue to operate under the assumption that our demographics are the same as generations ago. As your representative in Annapolis, I will strongly advocate for our changing community needs to expand ... Read More

opportunities and at the same time, demand greater accountability to improve our school systems’ overall standing and competitiveness. This includes advocating for expanding magnet programs in Upcounty areas that are seeing explosive growth, making universal Pre-K a statewide priority and supporting our excellent public institutions like Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove to meet our growing industries’ workforce needs.


Transportation is the lifeblood of our economy and community vitality. We need a greater sense of urgency to relieve Upcounty traffic, which requires 21st century infrastructure that serves today’s Montgomery County and our multigenerational lifestyles. Montgomery County’s planned multimodal transportation networks, which include public transit, improved roads and walkable communities to move people and commerce efficiently demands our continued support. We require the State’s support to advance both the ... Read More

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on MD 355 between Bethesda and Clarksburg and the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) that will serve our biotech corridor; continue to improve I-270, and expand MD 355 along the rapidly-growing District 15. Locally, I support and applaud the County’s efforts to expand bikeshare near transit, dense residential areas and major activity centers.


We need good jobs near home that match our residents’ diverse educational backgrounds, career aspirations, and a strong tax base to pay for the schools, parks, and roads. With unrivaled human capital and R&D assets, Montgomery County should be a global leader in innovation, entrepreneurship and business vitality. We need smart policies and sensible regulations that stimulate economic activities, grow industries of the future, and make it easier to start and grow businesses. Examples include targeted tax credits, a state matching fund for federal SBIR ... Read More

grant recipients, removal of barriers for small businesses, and partnership with industries to invest in workforce that leads to middle-wage and high wage-jobs. We also need to embrace our vast Ag Reserve for food production and exporting, ag tourism, and the growing craft brewery, distillery and winery industries in this national movement for “grow-local,” “source-local” and healthier eating food economy. I have spent the last few years helping Montgomery County become more competitive and revamp our economic development work. Now I want to help all of Maryland embark on the same forward-looking path and be bolder and hungrier in pursuing economic opportunities.


Environmental stewardship and job creation can work together to address the global climate change crisis. As a Delegate, I will advocate for measures to accelerate Maryland’s investments in clean and renewable energy and in workforce development that helps grow the “green” industries of the future. Locally, our vast agricultural reserve in District 15 makes Montgomery a national model in environmental protection in an urbanizing metropolitan area. The Ag Reserve not only ... Read More

improves air quality and reduces carbon footprint, but also justifies smarter in-fill development that leads to efficient living and smart investments in public transit rather than suburban sprawl. Montgomery County is a community full of environmentally conscious residents and I will bring our concern to the state level.


As an immigrant, I know why America should remain the land of opportunities for all and be a beacon for what is good and just. My passion for justice and equal opportunity is deeply rooted in my struggle to find my place and my voice by overcoming cultural and economic barriers as well as stereotypes along the way. Over the years, I served on the Montgomery County Commission for Women and chaired the Governor’s Commission for Asian American Affairs under Governor O’Malley. I have spoken and written about ... Read More

issues ranging from LGBTQ rights to civil rights and immigrant engagement and led efforts to revamp County government services for people with limited English proficiency. I will work to make our election system more inclusive to all communities, to ensure the rights of all communities to be treated with fairness and dignity, and to advance policies that empower and expand opportunities for all.


Lily's Special Presentations:

Montgomery County Today: Changing Community and Changing Economy (2017)

Asian Americans in the National Capital Region: Model Minorities or Struggling Immigrants? (2018)

​Lily’s writings on politics, culture and communities in Asian Fortune column from 2010-2014:

​On political involvement:

Make Your Vote Count: Register for a Political Party

Why Asian Americans are a Swing Vote

Same Sex Marriage as an Economic Imperative

New Year’s Resolution: Give Where You Live

Individual Success and Community Success

Marching toward King’s Dreams

Taking Credit for What We Do

How to Be an (Asian) American Woman

Lessons from the Jimmy Kimmel Incident

Translating Cultural Diversity into Global Opportunities

What a Recent Fundraiser Taught Me about our Changing Community

On civic engagement and community building:

Trust-building a Must for China and Chinese Americans

Why You Should Serve on Boards, Committees and Commissions

New Year’s Resolution: Give Where You Live

Individual Success and Community Success

The Muslims Among Us

Marching toward King’s Dreams

On cultural ​competency, social integration​ and immigrant life:

Learning to be Thankful

Giving and Receiving Compliments

A Liberating Education

Taking Credit for What We Do

How to Be an (Asian) American Woman

Songs of Life

A Jewish Christmas and Many Happy New Years

Lessons from the Jimmy Kimmel Incident

Translating Cultural Diversity into Global Opportunities

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