Courage, Compassion & Commitment
ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 25
Anna Song, a 5-term Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee, is a leading candidate for State Assembly District 25. The seat is currently represented by Kansen Chu who has decided not to seek re-election.
Serving over 19 years, Song was first elected to the County Board of Education in 2000 and strongly re-elected in every election since. Previously selected Board President three times, she currently serves as Vice President. Her County Board Seat #5 encompasses many of the communities in the 25th Assembly District, including Milpitas, Santa Clara, San Jose, Berryessa and Alviso. With additional ties to Alameda County Anna is well suited to represent this district.
With oversight responsibility of a balanced budget of $254 million, Anna has been a champion of equity in education. She has not been afraid to question assumptions and stand up to those who would bully their special interests at the expense of children.Always available to listen, she is never afraid to stand up for what is right for each child.
Anna is the first Korean-American to be elected in Santa Clara County and first Korean-born woman to be elected to any position in California. In fact, Anna Song is the longest serving female Korean-American elected official in the United States. If elected, she would be the only Asian American and Korean-American woman in the Assembly.
“I think I bring a lot to the table especially given that there is no Asian-American woman in the Assembly at this point. I consider myself a progressive and my policy perspective would be coming from being a single mom of color.”
Anna Song, Candidate, Assembly District 25
Song has been an elected member of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee and serves as a member of the State Democratic Party. She was awarded the prestigious JFK Jr. Award for Public Service by the State Democratic Party.
Anna brings many years of non-profit work experience to her elected position including counseling, youth education, domestic violence intervention and fair housing enforcement. Professionally, Anna is currently an insurance agent for New York Life.
Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Mental Health from Franciscan University in Ohio. A single mom, Anna also has two very active boys who attend local public schools.
With thoughtfulness and integrity Anna Song is the best choice to represent the people of the 25th Assembly District in the California State Legislature.
The longest serving Santa Clara County Board of Education trustee with five terms under her belt.
Anna is decisive and laser focused on critical issues. This helps her confront difficult issues head on with fierceness and determination.
Decision making that affects approximately 150,000 students per year. Anna has positively impacted approximately 3 million students during her tenure.
An Immigrant’s Story
Achieving the American Dream
Anna, 14 and her brother, 10 immigrated to the United States after her mother, a single parent, made the life changing decision to seek a better life for her children. No one in the family spoke English. Korea was in a state of political upheaval and college educations were extremely competitive to attain. Her mother believed that providing the opportunity for an education would be the most important gift she could provide her children. She was prepared to make any sacrifice necessary to make that dream come true.
Anna's Mom circa 1967 in Seoul, Korea
Anna’s family settled in Orange County where she attended public schools. Starting in the 7th grade for three years as an ESL (English Second Language) student Anna mastered English while remaining fluent in Korean.
When Anna’s mother became ill, she left school in her senior year to care for both her mother and brother. She didn’t graduate but later, after her mother’s recovery, she completed a GED.
Anna and her family were very appreciative of the assistance they received from the church and community. Anna at this point in her life was seriously considering becoming a nun as a way of giving back. She was accepted at the Franciscan University inSteubenville Ohio and received a B.A. in Theology with a Minor in Mental Health andHuman Services in 1994.
During the summers of 1992 and 1993 she completed two internships with the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) in South Central Los Angeles. Anna counseled recovery clients in a large multicultural residential rehabilitation program. Working in the inner city after the LA riots exposed Anna to the realities of poverty, prejudice and class conflict.
Her first job after college was Director of High School Youth Ministry at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Paramount, California.
Anna came to Santa Clara Valley in 1995 when she was hired by Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) as a Substance Abuse/Domestic Violence/MentalHealth Counselor. She counseled battered woman and their children, developed treatment plans, coordinated management and assessments for mental health clients and at-risk teenage youth.
Next Anna was hired to create a tri-parish youth ministry in Los Altos for St. Nicholas, St. Williams and St. Simon churches.
Anna married in 1997. She received a full “Lilly Scholarship” to pursue Master’s Studies,at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkley in 1999. Next working for Project Sentinel in Palo Alto as a Fair Housing Specialist, she coordinated a staff of 15 testers focused on objective processing of housing discrimination complaints.
She had her first child in 2002 and the second in 2006. Both boys.
Anna started a career in the insurance industry so that she could have a job with a flexible schedule enabling her to balance between being a mother and an elected official. She currently holds a state license as a Life & Health insurance agent.
Anna divorced in 2014 and is now a single mother with joint custody of her children who are both enrolled in local public schools.
Active in the Democratic Party, Anna has served as a member of the California Democratic Party State Central Committee, Board Member ofDemocratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN), and is a past President of the City of Santa Clara Mission City Democratic Club. The California Democratic Party has awarded her the JFK Jr. Statewide Award for Public Service.
SEIU, Local 715 awarded Anna Song, School Board Member of the Year in 2002.
CA Superintendent of Public Instruction (ret.)
"I enthusiastically support Anna Song in her race for the Assembly because I know she will represent her district with intelligence, integrity, energy and compassion. Anna will represent her entire district and will bring a brass backbone and an excellent work ethic to the Assembly. Our state needs a warrior for children and education and Anna's background in education, child care, mental health, and public service will strengthen our representation in Sacramento. This is not a person who will go along and get along, but a determined, very well informed warrior for what is right and just for California's future. As someone who has represented much of that district in the Assembly and all of it as California Superintendent of Public Instruction, I am honored to give her my full support."
U.S. House of Representatives (Ret.)
"I've watched Anna grow in the political arena... She is a thoughtful leader whose strength and integrity translates personal experiences into public policy that are reflective of human needs.
Anna Song is ready to serve in Sacramento."
We support Anna Song for Assembly District 25
Legislative Women's Caucus
Asian Pacific Islanders Legislative Caucus (API Caucus)
California Teachers Association (CTA)
California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN)
Korean American Political Alliance of Silicon Valley (KAPA-SV)
Korean American Cultural Foundation
Korean American Veterans Association, SF
LiUNA! Laborers’ Local 270
Santa Clara Korean American Senior Citizen League
Delaine Eastin, California State Superintendent of Instruction (Ret.)
Mike Honda, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (Ret.)
Lorena Gonzales, California State Assembly Member
David Chiu, California State Assembly Member
Phil Ting, California State Assembly Member
Rob Bonta, California State Assembly Member
Paul Fong, California State Assembly Member (Ret.)
Mark Keam, Virginia House of Delegates
Rich Tran, Mayor, City of Milpitas
Jose Esteves, Mayor (Ret.), City of Milpitas
John McKay, Council Member, Morgan Hill City Council
Rosemary Kamei, President, Santa Clara County Board of Education
Joseph DiSalvo, Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education
Peter Ortiz, Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education
Claudia Rossi, Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education
Darcie Green, Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education (Ret.)
Andres Quintero, Trustee, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
Thelma Boac, Trustee, Berryessa Union School District
David Cohen, Trustee, Berryessa Union School District
Hugo Jimenez, Trustee, Berryessa Union School District
Susan Mayer, Trustee, Campbell Union High School District; First Five Commissioner (Ret.)
Marisa Hanson, Trustee, Evergreen School District
Manuel Herrera, Trustee, East Side Union High School District
Lan Nguyen, Trustee, East Side Union High School District
Patricia Martinez Roach, Trustee, East Side Union High School District (Ret.)
Rosa Kim, Trustee, Fremont Union High School District
Doug Smith, Trustee, Los Altos School District (Ret.)
Jessica Speiser, Trustee, Los Altos School District
Julie Reynolds-Grabbe, Trustee, Moreland School District
Ellen Wheeler, Trustee, Mountain View Whisman School District
Frank Biehl, Trustee, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District; Trustee, East Side Union High School District (Ret.)
Brian LoBue, Trustee, Oak Grove School District
Teresa Castellanos, Trustee, San Jose Unified School District
Brian Wheatley, Trustee, San Jose Unified School District
Reid Myers, Trustee, Sunnyvale School District
Rod Hsiao, Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education
Tony Estremera, Director, District 6, Santa Clara County Water District
Judy Pipkin, Director, Santa Clara County Democratic Party
Jason Kim, Partner, MiraKle51, Korean American Entrepreneur Association in SV and Korea
Won Yi, Chairman, The Board of International Foundation for Korea University
Sungdug (Green) Chang, Korean American Community Center of San Francisco & Bay Area
James K. Lee, President, Korean American Veterans Association, SF
Munja Lee, President, Santa Clara Korean American Senior Citizen League
Dr. Smita Garg
N. Michelle Kay
Dr. Shon Grabbe
* Above represents a partial endorsement list
** Titles used for identification purposes only
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