Many of my experiences are similar to running a city. These indicate why I am uniquely qualified to be the next Mayor of Livermore:
- I am the current Chairman of the National Public Policy Committee for the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Here, we work on housing and lending issues for minorities. Our goal is to help increase homeownership for these communities, where we lag about 12% behind the national average.In this position, I lead a committee of 14 people, from 14 different states. Each year, our committee leads a delegation to meet with members of Congress, often with 100-150 appointments each time. This ensures that members of Congress know and understand our priorities and ask the delegation to support legislations that hugely impact Asian-American homeownership. Because of Covid-19, we were unable to meet in person this year. I was, however, able to lead our committee to host a Virtual Policy Summit, where nearly 300 people were on a call from across the United States. That’s a huge accomplishment considering today’s economic times.
- At this summit, I was honored to have introduced two secretaries, Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Ben Carson and Norman Mineta, the former Secretary of Transportation during 9/11, where he ordered 6,048 planes to land in under 2 ½ hours.
- This committee, 4 years ago, made history. For the first time in the history of the Housing and Urban Development housing report, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were included with its own housing aggregate data, the same as the Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics. We are no longer listed in the “Other” categories. When you are listed as others, you are not known for anything. I am proud to be part of the fight that accomplished this milestone.
- I have held many leadership positions that are similar to that of running a city council. I am the current President of a nonprofit educational group for school-age children known as Rising Young Leaders, the past President of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, and the former Vice President and Co-Founder of Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance. In each of these leadership positions, I worked with members of boards and committees to accomplish the priorities of our organizations, much like the priorities of the city council. As in any organization, in order to accomplish any goal, it requires leadership, commitment, planning, execution and a clear vision of how to get there. I am so proud of the many organizations that I have been able to be a part of, helping them to grow to new heights and opportunities. As an example, the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance is now serving over 400 nonprofit organizations from when my Co-Founder, Kathy Young, and I founded it approximately 6 years ago. I am proud to have volunteered and poured my heart into the organization that it demanded for 6 years of my life to help it grow to where it is today.
- I earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Mary’s College and I operate a small business. As President and CEO of Mony Nop Real Estate Inc., I continually evaluate my business, working on budgets, hiring the right personnel, evaluating and staying ahead of the ever-changing market conditions. I conduct marketing and public relations, work with clients and vendors, and fix problems that occur every day. To me, operating a city is much like operating any business except on a grander scale. As your Mayor and leader of the city council, I will work on establishing our priorities and work with city leaders and staff to accomplish our goals for the city. Because our budget is obviously impacted by Covid-19, there will be many competing priorities. I will work diligently and closely with our staff to make sure that your health, welfare, and safety is of utmost importance. It will not be easy, but your safety is my primary concern.
- I am a connector of people and resources. Because of my work on the local and national level, I have many connections and resources throughout the world. I will always look for ways and opportunities to bring those connections and resources to our city. I do not believe that my opponent has access to these types of resources.
It’s Time for a Change
I am a diverse member of our community. With what’s going on in our country, it is time for us to carefully consider who we elect to represent our city. Our country is demanding change, starting with electing leaders who are diverse and inclusive, who are willing to listen, unite us and make changes that give everyone the same access and opportunities to live our American dreams. The city of Livermore is 143 years old and our city council has never been diverse since the founding of this city. I have lived and worked here for 25 years now, and I have never been asked to be involved until 2 years ago when Mayor Marchand, asked me to be his Campaign Manager. I know for a fact that not everyone in this great city has been asked to participate in the political process and many are still underrepresented or not represented at all. My question is, how can that be possible unless the council in of itself is diverse? It has never been, and now is the opportunity with your votes, to change that.