Hi y’all! So Glad You’re Here!
- Homegrown Texan
- Korean American
- Graduated UT LAW at 23
- Worked for President Donald J. Trump as Assistant Administrator, Office of Women’s Business Ownership, at the U.S. Small Business Administration
- Worked for President Donald J. Trump during 2016 Transition in confirming his nominees Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and David Friedman, Ambassador to Israel
- Worked for President Donald J. Trump as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Worked for President George W. Bush at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Worked for Chairman Darrell Issa at Oversight and Government Reform
- Small Business Owner
- Food and Travel Writer
I am a proud first-generation Texan, whose parents came here to DFW to pursue the American dream. I have seen the countless sacrifices they made while they cleaned other people’s bathrooms, emptied trash cans in office buildings as I slept on the couches … often working 2 or 3 jobs each to put food on the table and pay rent so I would be able to fulfill my potential.
All throughout my Texas upbringing — elementary school, junior high school, high school, college and eventually law school at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law — I took their sacrifices to heart as I passionately pursued making a change and a difference for those who live a similar life as my parents: sacrificing everything to give their children a better life. This led to a life in law, politics, public policy and media affairs.
I am the immediate former Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), where I oversaw and administered broad, emerging, and critical Women’s Business Center (WBC) programs to achieve OWBO and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) goals and objectives. As a seasoned leader with extensive experience in the private and public sectors working with executives, clients, and government officials to achieve positive outcomes, I successfully led this $70 million dollar federal grant-making program, including the largest expansion ever of the SBA’s WBCs, to empower women to become entrepreneurs and to fulfill their greatest dreams.
My previous experience in the private sector spans work as an attorney and strategist with a background in communication and federal public policy, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act and regulatory matters before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In both roles, I have advised Fortune 100 companies, political candidates, and non-profits.
I also successfully started multiple companies and joined the U.S. Small Business Administration from a major international law firm in Texas. At the firm, I provided legal analysis on complex litigation cases as well as legal, economic and political commentary for multiple national and local media outlets.
Before entering the private sector, I served as Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under two presidents (first for President George W. Bush and then for President Donald J. Trump); as the Health Care Counsel to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Congressman Darrell Issa; and as Chief Oversight Counsel to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for Congressman Michael Burgess when Congressman Joe Barton was Chairman.
As a hobby, I freelance as a food-travel-lifestyle blogger. When I worked for President Bush, starting in 2007 – 2014, I wrote exclusively for NBC Washington, DC. Then, between 2015 and 2017, I pivoted to become a full-time food-travel-lifestyle blogger. During those two years, I traveled over a million miles to every continent, including Antarctica. I would come home to the U.S. to regularly provide on-air commentary for nationally syndicated television shows airing on ABC, CBS and FOX News.
Additionally, as an avid writer, I consistently churned out approximately a dozen articles a month for several publications including The Daily Telegraph, FOX News National Lifestyle, U.S. News and World Report Travel, Forbes Travel Guide, MSN, Huffington Post and MONEY Inc.
I also wrote for Travel and Leisure Magazine, Food and Wine Magazine, Town and Country Magazine, Manifesto’s Brand USA and Brand America, as well as Washington Life Magazine, Business Traveler USA, Fairmont Raffles Swisshotel Magazine, CNN Travel, Capitol File Magazine, Far + Wide and Money Inc.
My fiancé Mike, a Major in the United States Marine Corps (active duty), is my best friend and biggest fan. I am so inspired by his service, dedication and love of this country!! We look forward to getting married this Spring.