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Annie Cho is a small business owner and diversity communications expert with decades of community service and collaborative advocacy.
A lifelong Democrat, Annie began her community activism in the late 1970s when she volunteered on the Free Chol Soo Lee Committee and helped get Lee off death row and out of prison. She also helped found the API Caucus of the Democratic National Committee in 1980. Shortly afterward, Annie began working for the late US Senator Alan Cranston as a legislative aide, and later worked under former California Speaker pro Tempore Mike Roos.
In 1999, Annie founded her own public relations company and has worked with clients in both private and non-profit sectors. Her company received the “Small Business Award” from the United Chamber of Commerce in SFV in 2002. Prior to launching her own business, Annie was director of public relations at LA 18, serving viewers in 18 different languages. She also produced and hosted a weekly half-hour public affairs show “LA Seoul” in Korean for which she received an Emmy nomination.
In the legislature, I’ll work tirelessly to defend our democracy, create more good union jobs, expand access to healthcare for everyone, stand up for marginalized communities including Black and Brown Californians, immigrants, seniors, women and children, enact smart criminal justice reforms, protect our air and water, while combating climate change and the growing threat of wildfires across our state.
WE CAN ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS AND MORE BUT ONLY IF WE WORK TOGETHER AND BUILD A GRASSROOTS, PEOPLE-POWERED, COALITION THAT SPANS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES.
Annie previously served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power – the largest municipal utility in the United States, from 2001-2005. She was appointed and reappointed by Mayor James Hahn and unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
A member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, Annie serves on the Election Protection and Oversight Committee. Active in grassroots efforts, she is a recent graduate of Emerge California, a member of the board of the National Women’s Political Caucus statewide and San Fernando Valley Chapter, an at-large director of the City of Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Employees Association, and a board member of the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center.
Annie immigrated to the US from South Korea in 1971 and is fluent in English and in Korean. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Annie has “completed” child and elder care, has two grown children, and lives in Porter Ranch with her husband.