MEET JINYOUNG LEE ENGLUND
Jinyoung Lee Englund is the daughter of Korean immigrants, a third generation Washingtonian, second generation military spouse, entrepreneur and State Senate candidate for the 45th Legislative District in Washington state.
DAUGHTER OF WASHINGTON STATE, 2ND GENERATION MILITARY FAMILY
Jinyoung and her brother attended Washington state public schools near Joint Base Lewis–McChord in University Place, Washington where their Father originally enlisted, was stationed and eventually retired as a disabled U.S. Army veteran after serving 21 honorable years and 2 deployments.
Jinyoung and her husband, active duty U.S. Marine Corps Major Geoffrey S. Englund, have called Washington home for three generations and both graduated from the University of Washington. To date, Geoff has served 17 years of enlisted and commissioned service, including 4 deployments. She lives in their home in Woodinville near his family while Geoff is currently forward deployed in Asia.
LIVING AMONGST AND SERVING THE POOR
Upon graduating from UW, Jinyoung served with a nonprofit in Mozambique that provides economic and educational opportunities for widows and orphaned children through job skills training, operating schools and providing medical care.
During her time in Mozambique, she saw firsthand that certain policies can empower people to overcome their circumstance, while other policies can continue to enable and trap people in the circumstance they are in.
BRIDGING TECHNOLOGY AND GOVERNMENT
Moved by her time in Mozambique, Jinyoung went on to build a decade of collective experience bridging technology and public policy for economic empowerment.
While working in U.S. Congress, she helped constituents be heard and learned how government works -- and how it doesn’t. For the last five years, Jinyoung has served as an advisor and strategic consultant to executives in the private, public and nonprofit sectors and is a speaker and contributor on Bitcoin and Blockchain’s cultural, political, economic, and social impact.
Most recently, Jinyoung led an award winning in-house app development team for the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. She returned home to Woodinville, Washington upon completion of her work.
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BIPARTISAN LEADER
In 2015 and 2016, Jinyoung was selected for two highly competitive bipartisan, international programs: the 32nd U.S. Delegation to Australia with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, an exchange program of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the 32nd class of Young Leaders with the Council for the United States and Italy.
ACYPL is “designed to promote mutual understanding, respect, and friendship with the goal of cultivating long-lasting relationships among young people who are poised to become tomorrow’s global leaders and policy makers” while CONSIUSA convenes leaders under 40 years of age who have “demonstrated a record of accomplishment, leadership qualities, and potential for growth” to participate in gaining new perspectives on issues of global relevance.
PAYING IT FORWARD: INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR THE EASTSIDE
The late Republican Senator Andy Hill used to say, “Don’t be so fixated on ideology that you can’t deal with reality.”
Through all of her experiences, from working in a war-torn, developing nation to U.S. Congress and with the most innovative and disruptive technology since the Internet, Jinyoung learned that the most healthy and productive governments are the ones that are filled with people who are willing to deal with reality.
The reality of this special election to finish Senator Andy Hill's term is that this one state senate seat will determine whether there will be a balance of power or one party control in the Washington state government. And the realities of the Eastside are: the threat of new taxes like a state or capital gains income tax, traffic congestion, outrageous increases in car tabs, and prioritizing education without tax increases.
Jinyoung will build a compassionate state government that also lives within its means and will carry forward the late Senator Andy Hill’s legacy of independent, pragmatic, and bipartisan leadership in Olympia.