Attorney, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1983-86; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1988-93. Member, U.S. Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committee, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 2000-01. Member, Steering Committee, Bi-County Task Force on Gang Activity, 2004. Co-Chair, Task Force to Study Identity Theft, 2005-07. Presidential Elector, Maryland, 2008. Member, Maryland Council for New Americans, 2009-.
Born in San Antonio, Texas. Attended Winston Churchill High School, Potomoc, Maryland; University of Maryland College Park, B.A. (political science), 1976. University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1982. Law clerk, Judge Richard Figone, San Francisco Superior Court, 1981-82. Executive Director, National Democratic Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, 1986-88. Admitted to District of Columbia Bar, 1983 (intellectual property law section); California State Bar, 1983 (intellectual property law section). Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater Washington (president, 1985). Attorney, Alexander, Bearden, Hairston, & Marks, L.L.P., 1993-97. Of Counsel, Pena & Associates, P.C., 1997-2001. Legislative assistant to President, Montgomery County Council, 2000-01. Of Counsel, Gebhardt & Associates, 2001-. Co-Chair, Multicultural Community Partnership, Montgomery County Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1999-2002. Co-Founder, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, Washington, DC (board of directors, 1995-2001). Member, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2000, 2004, 2008. Member, District 16 Democratic Club; Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County; Montgomery County African-American Democratic Club; Women's Suburban Democratic Club. Co-founder, Coalition of Asian-Pacific-American Democrats of Maryland (past chair). Member, Dialogue on Diversity; Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts; Organization of Chinese Americans; League of Korean Americans of Maryland. Governor's Citation for Noteworthy Community Service, 1999. Community Service Award, Global Mission Church, 1999. Community Service Award, Korean American Senior Citizens Association, 2000. Progressive Leader Award, Progressive Maryland, 2002. Merit Award, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2002. Out for Justice Award, Equality Maryland, 2003. Appreciation Award, U.S. Secret Service, 2003. Appreciation Award, Agis Center for Arts and Humanities, 2003. Public Service Award, 2003, and Community Service Award, League of Korean Americans. Senior Advocate Award, Korean-American Senior Citizens Association-Maryland, 2003. Leadership Recognition Award, Maryland Chapter, National Organization for Women, 2005. Maryland's Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2006. Married.
July 1, 2009
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