About Henry

Henry Lo's immigrant parents taught him at an early age that to get ahead, you must work hard—and then work even harder.

His mother was a seamstress in the garment district, and his father worked at a restaurant and simultaneously attended night school to earn a certificate to become a machinist. Together, they worked nearly every day to ensure Henry had the best opportunities to create his path to the middle class.

With both parents working, Henry took advantage of before and after-school programs to expand his education. His hustle paid off when he earned a spot at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES). Henry excelled at LACES and developed a strong work ethic to ensure his success and help others get ahead.

Henry was recruited to attend Colby College in Maine—an experience that took him across the country for the first time. He spent a semester in Washington, DC, learning about the government's impact on our daily lives while interning for a member of Congress. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Government, Henry worked for the California Democratic Party, registering new citizens to vote and fighting back against attacks on immigrant communities.

San Gabriel Valley elected officials and neighbors quickly recognized Henry as a leader who stood up for people without a voice. He worked with Senator Gloria Romero, Assemblymember Mike Eng, and now Assemblymember Ed Chau on legislation improving the San Gabriel Valley, helping residents get better access to services, and making it easier for local businesses to grow. He also attended California State University, Northridge part-time, earning his Master's Degree in Public Administration.

Henry knew he could do more to help students, teachers, and parents succeed in Monterey Park and West San Gabriel Valley schools. Henry was first elected to the Garvey Elementary School District Board of Trustees in 2003, serving four times as president of the school board. A fiscal watchdog for our schools, Henry engaged with parents and community advocates to forge creative solutions to balance the district's budget. He led the effort to transform underutilized schools into a park, a dual language academy, and a satellite campus for East Los Angeles College that now offers summer programs and adult education.

Henry formed the Garvey Education Foundation, helping raise more than $100,000 to fund grants for special projects and field trips that provide kids with new experiences that reach beyond the classroom.

Henry is running for Monterey Park City Council to ensure his neighbors have a stronger voice at City Hall. He'll use his two decades of experience to focus on the issues that matter most for Monterey Park's future. Henry will work to preserve the integrity of our neighborhoods by prioritizing safety and address homelessness by improving access to affordable housing. He'll help attract more retail options and enhance public transportation to create thriving business corridors. He'll invest in job training programs that can put residents on career paths that lead to the middle class.

Henry lives just north of the Garvey Reservoir where you can often find him running and talking with neighbors. He also regularly brings friends to explore Monterey Park's restaurant scene and show off the unique architecture, such as the historic Chamber of Commerce building, the fountain at Cascades Park, as well as the world-class Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College.

Join your neighbors in voting Henry Lo for Councilmember in Monterey Park District 4. Election Day is March 3, 2020.

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