I grew up in a military family and spent most of my early life living overseas. My father served in the U.S. Air Force and is buried in Arlington Cemetery after a lifetime of steadfast service to our country.
My mother was a first generation Japanese-American immigrant who embodied the American spirit and worked hard to become an American citizen.
After returning to Oregon, I attended University of Oregon and graduated with degrees in East Asian Studies & International Business.
I am a longtime public servant who has worked for the Oregon State Legislature (Senate Water Policy Committee Administrator), Oregon Water Resources Department (Natural Resource Manager), and Greater Yamhill Watershed Council (Executive Director). I have served on numerous boards and committees, several of which are focused on rural Oregon issues, including vital resources and industries.
I have spent my whole life uniting people from different backgrounds around common goals. I am running to increase access to affordable healthcare, provide evidence-based responses to COVID-19, and give rural Oregon a strong voice in on the Yamhill County Commission.
From a young age, I was taught the importance of responsible and moral leadership from my military father. As the Executive Director of the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, I used those lessons to lead teams of individuals on restoration projects, ensuring responsible management of public resources. I promise to offer strong, moral leadership for the people of Yamhill County and will be a principled voice for rural Oregon.