"People often ask if I grew up here. It is the highest compliment I could ask for."

The “Energy” of America

Born and raised in China during great unrest, Lily’s family taught her to value learning, responsibility, and the worth of each individual regardless of their circumstances. Her drive to improve her odds led her to come alone to the States with little else but a sense that here, dreams could be achieved.
She landed in N. Manchester, Indiana—a big change from Shanghai. She showed her mettle by recording lectures on a Walkman and working several jobs between classes to complete her studies. With her young family, Lily earned two master’s degrees and built a career as a higher education administrator, moving from Indiana to Ohio to West Virginia, before finally settling in the Washington region.

The Diversity of America

While working at American University, Lily got to interact with students from every social, ethnic, and faith group. After witnessing the financial and social struggles of some students, Lily became involved in civil rights organizations and local community affairs, while earning her MBA and going on to become Vice President of Business Development for the Washington, DC Economic Partnership to grow economic opportunities for the capital city. She later served as spokesperson for the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking and developed an award-winning consumer education and financial literacy campaign, before being tapped as a community liaison in the new Leggett Administration to engage and empower communities.
“We need to tap into that immigrant spirit – that drive to improve our lives and our communities. That’s what makes America such a special place.”

The Spirit of America

In 2016, Lily became the first Asian American appointed Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in Montgomery County, overseeing economic and workforce matters. She is a champion for growing entrepreneurship and making it easier to start and grow businesses and was instrumental in establishing BioHealth Innovation, Inc., the Economic Development Corporation, and the comprehensive economic strategy.
Lily has also been exemplary in giving back and civic involvement. She writes and speaks on community integration issues and has served on numerous boards including Leadership Montgomery, Montgomery Hospice and Suburban Hospital. Last year, Lily organized the Chinese immigrant community’s first candidate forum to connect with candidates for Maryland’s 8th Congressional district.
And she’s just getting started…


The Maryland legislature needs leaders who understand our changing community, changing economy, and local government operations to advance Montgomery County’s and Maryland’s standing regionally and globally.


The complexity of our challenges requires all communities to participate in the democratic process. After years of promoting and facilitating civic and political engagement, I am ready to step up and help advance community integration at the next level.


A strong community requires a vibrant economy and job base. I hope to bring my understanding and appreciation for entrepreneurship and economic development to Annapolis to make sure our policies encourage investments in our industries and communities.

Success cannot be reached individually. Any contribution will be used to achieve Lily's goals for District 15.
Join the team to help Lily get elected to become State Delegate for District 15. Any form of volunteering is appreciated - from hosting an event to placing a yard sign.
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By Authority: Friends of Lily Qi
Robert Weinstock, Treasurer
9710 Traville Gateway Dr. #148
Rockville, MD 20850