Public Safety

Common Ground. Common Sense.

As Chief of Staff in the Prosecutor’s Office, I have implemented effective programs to protect public safety, reduce racial disproportionality, strengthen victim services, and hold repeat perpetrators accountable.

As Prosecutor, I am committed to building a fair and transparent justice system, crafting innovative solutions through broad coalitions, and creating positive change to keep every community across King County safe.


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My Story

I was born in an army hospital near Seoul, South Korea, to a Korean mother and Caucasian father. My grandmother never approved of my parents’ relationship because my mother was not white and English was her second language and one day threw my mother out of the house with only the clothes on her back. That day was the last time my brother and I saw our mother for 25 years.

This experience shaped me. It underscored for me the importance of advocacy for those who are marginalized. I know first-hand how easy it is to silence those who have been victimized when no one speaks up for them or their rights. This experience also taught me about forgiveness – that my grandmother, who loved and instilled in me independence and a strong work ethic, is more than the sum of her worst mistakes.