Biography

 

Annie has called Los Angeles home since she was 11 years old, immigrating from Korea.  She worked two jobs to put herself through school at Cal State LA. From there she served in government for the late Senator Alan Cranston and State Assembly President Pro Tempore Mike Roos in Constituent Services. It was there she learned the importance of serving all of her constituents, not just some.

Annie went on to get married to her husband, John, and start a family.  She raised two children all while building two businesses through the ups and downs of the economy and meeting the challenges of child and elder care along the way.  As a 30-year resident of North Hills and Porter Ranch, Annie knows her experience is not an unusual one among her neighbors in the 12th District. That’s why with her children grown, she wants to give her time and expertise to the community that has given her and her family so much.  She will work for you to make Los Angeles a more representative city.

Annie currently resides in Porter Ranch with her husband.

Government Experience

US Senator Alan Cranston

Annie got her start in public policy with the late US Senator Alan Cranston. It was in the halls of Congress that she fell in love with public service. Annie worked in constituent services, working directly with the citizens US Senator Cranston was elected to represent. It was there she learned the importance of communication between elected officials and their constituents.

 

Speaker pro Tempore Mike Roos

Working in the field office for Speaker pro Tempore Mike Roos, Annie gained expertise in constituent services and the state legislative process. She was tasked with planning and coordinating programs to address the issues that matter most to women, senior citizens, and minority communities. Annie worked with local stakeholders to bridge the gap between the state legislature and local constituents, by getting communities the information they need.

 

Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commission

Annie was appointed by Mayor James Hahn and confirmed unanimously by the City Council to serve as a Commissioner at the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power in 2001. During her time as a Commissioner she served as the Chair of the Personnel Committee.

Private Sector/Business

KSCI

From 1995 through 1999 Annie worked as the Director of Public Relations for Channel 18 KSCI. KSCI provided programming in 18 languages. Annie was responsible for FCC compliance and strategic development as well as managing viewer relations, community outreach, media relations, and public affairs of the station. Annie also launched an annual legislative luncheon to bring together elected officials, community leaders, and opinion makers.

As on-air talent, Annie produced and hosted over 130 episodes of L.A Seoul, a half-hour, weekly Korean language talk show which she received an Emmy nomination.

 

Jin Woo Communications Group

In 1999, Annie started her own business, as founder and President of Jin Woo Communications Group, a full-service public relations firm specializing in reaching diverse Asian Pacific American communities. The firm provides expertise community relations, grassroots outreach, ethnic media relations, and cross-cultural network building.

Jin Woo Communications clients come from both the public and private sector including Verizon, Gilead, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Cathay Pacific Airways.

In 2002, Jin Woo Communications was awarded the “Outstanding Small Business” Award from the United Chambers of Commerce San Fernando Valley Region.

 

Transforming Lives

Annie currently helps people find their roots and achieve the ultimate American dream by helping them purchase their home.

 

Annie also worked for the Korean American Grocers Association and RebuildLA in the 90s.

Community Experience (Partial List)

 

Annie was an active member of the Free Chol Soo Lee Committee, often helping to organize southern California. She helped establish the API Caucus at the CA Democratic Party. Annie was appointed to the Democratic Peaceful Reunification Committee in 1996 and she received the Community Service Award in 1999.

Annie was also a member of KYCC, Wilshire YMCA, and United Way.

 

Castlebay Elementary School

Annie served as a bilingual parent volunteer, where she tested children’s language abilities and helped faculty communicate with parents.

 

Nobel Middle School

Annie was elected to the Parent Advisory Committee of Nobel Middle School.

 

Harvard Westlake High School

Annie served as President of the Korean American Parents Association.

 

University of Southern California

Annie continues to serve as a Community Ambassador for USC.

 

DNC Delegate

Annie attended the Democratic National Convention as an at-large delegate (alternate) in 1980.