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.
● Because of her community leadership, Lily was tapped by the Leggett administration to improve government effectiveness in serving and engaging the new communities. In that role, she led the efforts to remove barriers to government services, better integrate the immigrant communities and leverage their global connections.
○ Led a multilingual push with her colleagues for the Census 2010 count that led to Montgomery County having the highest participation rate among the capital region jurisdictions, which was critical for securing our fair share of federal funding.
○ Established Montgomery County’s sister-city relationships with Xi’an (China), and facilitated global partnerships in education and business with emerging markets including Hyderabad (India) and Daejeon (South Korea);
○ Revamped Montgomery County’s policies and practices in improving services for people with limited English proficiency (LEP) that became a national best-practice model recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACO) and the Migration Policy Institute, a national think tank;
○ Facilitated cross-cultural connections across communities and helped community-based organizations with capacity-building issues and resource needs;
○ Started Montgomery County’s official annual observances of Ramadan Iftar and Diwali to better engage the Muslim and South Asian communities and bring diverse religious and cultural perspectives to County government;
○ Engaged the new American communities to get involved in local issues and vote in local elections, and recommended many community members for boards, committees and commissions as well as leadership programs and recognitions are the County and State levels.
● Lily served as Vice President of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership during former Mayor Anthony Williams Administration to turn around the City’s image. In that role, Lily built a business development team that played a critical role in the revitalization of the Capital City through marketing, business retention and retail attraction. In her position as Vice President she co-authored the “Doing Business in DC Guide” that was translated into multiple languages; initiated and helped attract new businesses to DC that helped usher in an era of economic renaissance and a sense of pride in the Capital City.
● During her time in Montgomery County, Lily was instrumental in bringing together her colleagues and business leaders to elevate Montgomery County’s economic competitiveness through a series of strategic initiatives.
○ Co-founded BioHealth Innovation, Inc. on behalf of Montgomery County, a public-private partnership to advance early-stage biomedical translational research and commercialization to grow innovation economy;
● Led the transition of the former Department of Economic Development to the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation , and Worksource Montgomery to usher in greater business community involvement in economic development and better respond to the talent needs of growing industries;
● Led the development of the Comprehensive Economic Strategy as a blueprint for cross-sector partnership in advancing sustainable economic growth to grow strategic industries and quality jobs;
● Championed cross-departmental efforts to improve the experience of doing business in Montgomery through an integrated business portal and improvements in services and communication;
● Raised Montgomery County leadership’s awareness of the challenges of attracting millennials as a suburban community and played a key role in the establishment of the Nighttime Economy Task Force that led to several improvements.