Putting people first

I am an entrepreneur and committed public servant with a proven track record. As the founder of an international export company with experience in both state and federal government, I possess a unique combination of skills and experience to steward economic development at the Port of Seattle for the people of King County. As port commissioner, I intend to emphasize shared prosperity awhile championing critical issues like environmental sustainability and human and labor trafficking.

A lifelong Washingtonian and son of South Korean immigrants, I learned the value of labor by helping my family operate their small dry cleaning business. It’s during this time I learned firsthand the challenges faced by small businesses and working families. (even more so for immigrants)

I was fortunate enough to be the first in my family to graduate from college. I earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from The American University and went on to earn my master’s degree from The London School of Economics.

I began my career as an analyst for the US Department of State before going to work in Congress as a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Ami Bera, managing a portfolio of issues spanning foreign affairs, trade, small business, science and technology, and economic development.

After serving Congressman Ami Bera, I received a political appointment from President Barack Obama to work as a special assistant at the US General Services Administration. In this role, I helped manage an organization of over 10,000 federal employees and worked on agency-wide strategy in real asset management, federal acquisitions, and technology transformation.

After the 2016 presidential election, I returned home to Washington state and started Seven Seas Export, a trading company that exports US commodities to East Asia. I continue to run my business by helping Washington farmers find new export markets in Asia.

I decided to continue serving the public  as a legislative assistant to Washington Senator Bob Hasegawa where we worked in Olympia to help pass legislation on social equity and racial justice.

In June of 2018, I was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve as a Commissioner on the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs becoming the youngest serving gubernatorial appointee on a commission.

I also volunteer my time by serving on local non-profit boards including the Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) and the Korean American Coalition of Washington.

I hope to get to know every one of you better during this journey, thanks for getting to know me a little bit better.

Yours in service,

Sam

Signature.png
 
DSC03788.jpg