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About Amy

My Background

I was born and raised in northern New Jersey just outside of New York City. My mother, Yuriko, was a Japanese immigrant, and my father, George, was a Chinese-American US Air Force veteran who, despite not having a college degree, became a Corporate Controller at Chase Manhattan Bank.

I attended public high school while also earning a pre-college degree from the Juilliard School of Music. I graduated from Barnard College, majoring in Political Science, worked as a legal assistant, and then went on to Rutgers Law School. I developed a passion and interest in environmental law after participating in an externship program with the Sierra Club in San Francisco.


After graduation, I worked at the Container Recycling Institute tracking statewide Bottle Bill efforts, and the National Wildlife Federation, successfully lobbying for a Flood Insurance Reform Bill championed by U.S. Senator John Kerry.

In 1995, my husband John and I moved to Newton, where we raised our three children: George, Midori, and Joseph. Like many people, we were attracted by Newton’s excellent school system and close proximity to Boston. I ran for the then-called Board of Aldermen in 1997 against a longtime incumbent (and won on a recount by 12 votes) on a platform of transparency, accountability, and constituent service, and served for ten terms (20 years). I am proud to have played a leading role in environmental protection, affordable housing, and other progressive issues.

In addition,  I volunteered with immigration advocates - representing disabled individuals seeking waivers on their citizenship applications and monitored children held in a detention center at the California border. I have also been active with many local community organizations and currently serve on the Dow Fund - which provides assistance for legal service providers in the Asian community, OCA-AAPA-NE - which provides mentorship and scholarships for Asian American Youth.

In 2015, as part of my service as a Councilor, I began a weekly email newsletter to keep Newton residents informed about government meetings. This continued until April 2022, when I co-founded Fig City News, which has rapidly become Newton residents' go-to news source.

I am currently working at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office providing assistance to individuals and families facing eviction and foreclosure and directing them to resources to help keep them housed.

I share my background with you so that you can see I have spent my career serving the public interest, advocating for a healthier environment, for individuals with disabilities,  immigrant children, access to safe and affordable housing, and on behalf of the residents of Newton.  I ask for your vote so that I can continue to be your advocate in the Massachusetts State House as the next State Representative from the 11th Middlesex District!

George, Midori, and Joseph.

Amy with the BSA Troop 182G

Amy getting signatures.

George and Yuriko, and Amy and John’s kids: George, Midori, and Joseph

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