Grace Han Wolf is the first Korean American woman elected to office in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Serving her third term on the Herndon Town Council, Wolf represents the town as advisory director on the Committee for Dulles Board of Directors and as a member of the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission. In 2014, Wolf was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Commission for the Arts as Commissioner and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Fairfax, as well as the Fairfax County Park Authority. Wolf is an active member of the regional AAPI community and one of the founding members of the Jade Philanthropy Society, which aims to encourage and facilitate local philanthropy by Asian Americans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. DAAV recently caught up with Wolf to learn more about her role as the Herndon Town Councilmember.Read more
This month, DAAV spotlights Jeanette Rishell, a current councilmember for the City of Manassas Park. Prior to her election in 2012, she was also a candidate for the VA House of Delegates. As a city councilmember, Ms. Rishell has successfully lobbied for funding for a VDOT study to determine cost effective improvements to Route 28 in order to reduce congestion on that important corridor. She has also been a strong voice for holding the line on spending in Manassas Park and focusing efforts to pay down the City’s existing heavy debt level.
Ms. Rishell attributes her passion for public service to her Filipino American extended family, who taught her the important value of contributing to her community. DAAV recently caught up with her to learn more about her accomplishments as a proactive advocate for the City of Manassas Park.
For the month of September, DAAV features Ingrid Morroy, who is Arlington County’s Commissioner of Revenue. Ms. Morroy proudly embraces her mixed ethnic identity. Her maternal grandmother was Indonesian, while her paternal grandmother was both Chinese and black. Additionally, Ms. Morroy’s grandfathers were Dutch on her mother's side, and mixed white and black on her father's side. We recently interviewed Ms. Morroy to learn more about her experiences serving at the local level.
This month DAAV highlights Delegate Mark Keam (D-Fairfax), the first Korean American elected to Virginia’s General Assembly in 2010. He represents Virginia's 35th District. His record accomplishments in the state legislature includes promoting public schools and higher education opportunities, as well as supporting small businesses and the region's entrepreneurs. Mr. Keam recently shared with DAAV about what makes an effective AAPI leader for our communities and beyond.