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


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.

From a struggling immigrant to a top advisor to the County Executive, Lily has a story and journey unlike any in this election or the Maryland General Assembly. She was featured in the Washington Business Journal, Bethesda Magazine, Voice of America, China Daily, and Asian Fortune for her community leadership and professional accomplishments, and was recently named Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2018 by the Daily Record. After the 2016 national election, Lily was inspired to run for office and joined Emerge Maryland, a group dedicated to training Democratic women to run for offices.
Lily is currently the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in Montgomery County for economic and workforce development matters, a role she was appointed to since 2016. Before joining the Leggett Administration in 2008, she had served as a senior economic development official during the Washington DC’s revitalization days, a spokesperson for DC’s financial regulatory agency, and as a college administrator at American University.

Lily is also a writer and speaker on immigrant integration, cultural competency, and Asian American issues. She wrote a popular column, Qulture Matters, to encourage and facilitate civic and political engagement and often serves as a keynote speaker and panelist at conferences and special events.

Her love for Montgomery County is also reflected in her extensive civic involvement and community leadership including serving on the boards of Leadership Montgomery, Commission for Women, VisArts, and the Suburban Hospital of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and as President of OCA-DC (a civil rights organization). During the O’Malley Administration, she had the honor of chairing the Governor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs.
Lily’s Accomplishments include:
Community Building

● 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.

Economic Development

● 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.

Lily has the ability and track record to build partnerships across the private and public sectors and between the local and global communities to move Montgomery and Maryland forward. Serving as an elected official would allow her to more directly affect changes to build a stronger economy and stronger community.
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By Authority: Friends of Lily Qi
Robert Weinstock, Treasurer
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